Christmas gifts of the day: Gifts of Charity

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Often, when I think about the commercialisation of Christmas, I step back and reflect on all the people who are worse off than us at this time of the year – particularly the homeless, the poor or sick.

There are a few things that can be done at Christmas to try to redress the balance. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or food bank perhaps, visit the lonely at home or in hospital, donate blood… or give the gift of charity.

There are so many charities out there doing good things for people here and abroad – adults and children – helping them have a better Christmas and a better life.

  • Save the Children
    Whether you buy a food basket or a football, each Save the Children ‘Wishlist’ gift helps change the lives of children across the world.
    UNICEF ‘Inspired Gifts’ are real, life-saving and life-changing supplies that they deliver to children and communities around the world.
  • Centrepoint
    Centrepoint is a charity with hostels in London, Bradford and Sunderland, and partnerships all over the UK. They aim to give homeless young people a future and they want to end youth homelessness.
    From toiletries to a bed, a gift can help save the life of a homeless young person this Christmas.
  • Good Gifts
    The Good Gifts Catalogue was born in 2002, a refreshing alternative to conventional unwanted presents. They were guided by 2 commitments: first, that every Good Gift was always wanted. And second when you buy a Good Gift, your money buys the actual gift.
  • World Vision
    Every one of World Vision’s ‘Must Have Gifts’ is an item specifically requested by communities to create better futures for their children.
  • Crisis
    Crisis – Buy a gift and help someone who’s homeless this Christmas

Charity Vintage: A Little Taste of Yorkshire

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'A Little Taste of Yorkshire' cookbook for sale on eBay for Charity raising funds for The Prince's Trust (ends 22 Mar, 2015 17:00:11 GMT)

Every so often we feature something in our weekly Charity Vintage series that doesn’t strictly belong in the ‘vintage’ category. This post is one of those times. We’ve chosen it because it features two things close to our hearts – food and Yorkshire.

A Little Taste of Yorkshire is a cookbook produced as part of the The Prince’s Trust Million Makers* nationwide challenge. The team behind the cookbook, from Hallmark Cards based in Bradford, aims to raise £10,000 or more with 100% of the proceeds from the sales being donated to The Prince’s Trust.

The book contains over 45 recipes, including ones from Michelin-starred restaurants The Pipe and Glass Inn in Beverley and The Old Vicarage near Sheffield. I didn’t know until today that Yorkshire has the most Michelin-starred restaurants outside of London!

The book showcases some of the eateries themselves – from the famous fish & chip shop, the Magpie Café in Whitby to Primo’s Hot Dogs in Leeds to Forster’s Bistro and Deli in Bradford… and lots of others in-between.

*The Prince’s Trust Million Makers competition is an entrepreneurial fund-raising challenge which sees talented teams from companies across the country competing to outdo each other, all in the name of charity.

Charity Vintage: Christmas Corgi vehicles

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Boxed set of 10 vintage Christmas Corgi die cast vehicles for sale by & in support of DebRA(ends 14 Dec, 2014 15:23:46 GMT)

As it’s nearing Christmas, we’re doing a festive Charity Vintage post. This week, we’re featuring this fab boxed set of vintage Corgi Christmas vehicles. The 10 vehicles, which include Ford vans, Bedford Buses and Morris trucks, are all emblazoned with Christmas greetings.

The set ends tomorrow and is up for sale on eBay for Charity by & in support of DebRA*

They’d make a great Christmas present for a vintage vehicle fan – whatever their age!

*DebRA provides nursing and social care for people with EB (Epidermolysis Bullosa) – a painful condiiton where the skin and internal membranes blister at the slightest touch. DebRA also funds research programmes and are just a few years away from effective treatments.

Charity Vintage: 6-slice Dualit toaster

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6-slice Dualit toaster for sale on eBay for Charity by & in support of British Heart Foundation
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This stainless steel 6-slice Dualit toaster isn’t strictly ‘vintage’, although it’s definitely second hand. We’ve had a couple of Dualit toasters in our time. We had a purple, limited-edition one from Liberty of London which we swapped for a limited edition Selfridges one when it no longer went with the colour scheme in our kitchen.

Much as we love our orange Dualit it only has 2 slots, so if we both want toast at the same time – which is often – there’s a queue!

If you have a large family (or just like big portions of toast!) this 6-slot version is ideal. Dualit toasters last a lifetime; if a heating element goes (which we have never had happen) it’s easy to repair.

This one for sale by British Heart Foundation* isn’t in pristine condition but a wad of Duraglit and some elbow grease will make a vast improvement. It’s currently £27 which is an absolute bargain! And the £4.50 postage charge is cheap, cheap, cheap!

*British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity. They help save lives with information, patient care and pioneering research. With your support, they’re beating heart disease for good.

Charity Vintage: Mauthe mantle clock

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vintage Mauthe mantle clock for sale on eBay for Charity by & on behalf of British Heart Foundation (ends 2 Mar, 2014 20:00:19 GMT)

One of our most popular images on Flickr is a 1950s pink-striped Mauthe alarm clock. It’s been blogged, reblogged, borrowed, pinned and liked all around the web.

British Heart Foundation* has an elegant, Mauthe mantle clock for sale on eBay for Charity at the moment. A solid wood surround and attractive brown face with gold-coloured metal hands and hour markers. It chimes, which I always find a quite comforting sound – you don’t get many chiming clocks any more!

*British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity. They help save lives with information, patient care and pioneering research. With your support, they’re beating heart disease for good.

Charity Vintage: Vulcan child’s sewing machine

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vintage Vulcan child's sewing machine for sale on eBay for Charity by & in support of CLIC Sargent
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We’ve sold a few of these vintage Vulcan child’s sewing machines in our shop – they always prove very popular. This example above is being sold on eBay for Charity by & in support of CLIC Sargent*.

It comes with all its accessories, instruction booklet and original box. I love the instruction where it says, “Thread cotton thus”! It’s available at the ‘buy it now’ price of £39.99 which includes postage and packing.

*CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people and their families. They provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. They are there from diagnosis onwards and aim to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment, life after treatment and, in some cases, bereavement.