This Christmas we have decided that we want to give £250 to a charity but as all charities are amazing in the work that they do, we need your help to decide. The charity with the most votes will receive a £250 donation from Smart Training and Recruitment. If we have joint winners, the amount will be split between them.

 

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Here are the shortlisted charities below

 

AgeUK Christmas Appeal

Christmas is meant to be a time of joy and light. But imagine having nobody to pull a cracker with. No one to exchange a gift and share a hug with. Not a single soul to wish you a Merry Christmas. Age UK offer a Befriending service all year round which is an invaluable lifeline for the most vulnerable older people. It helps provide friendship and support for older people who live alone and are isolated, lonely, or housebound.

 

Barnardo’s Kidsmas

Help every child feel included this Christmas time. Christmas is a magical time. While many of us can’t wait to join family and friends for festive rituals and joy, many vulnerable children don’t feel part of the fun – because of poverty, mental health issues or their family circumstances.

 

Crisis at Christmas

No one should be homeless and alone this Christmas. A Crisis at Christmas gift will give someone experiencing homelessness access to a safety place to stay, hot meals and a Christmas dinner, companionship from volunteer befrienders and year-round support including training and education.

 

RSPCA Christmas Rescue

Last year we responded to 17,840 incidents in December alone. £25 could help our Animal Rescue Teams reach desperate animals. Join the Christmas Rescue.

 

Standing Together

Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse is a national charity bringing communities together to end domestic abuse. Most public services weren’t designed with domestic abuse in mind, and they often struggle to keep people safe. Poor communication and gaps between services put survivors at risk. Standing Together aim to end domestic abuse by changing the way that local areas respond to it.

 

The BookTrust Christmas Appeal

The BookTrust Christmas Appeal raises money to send book parcels to children who are vulnerable or in care. Their families might be facing challenging circumstances or significant hardship, and some children may be spending this Christmas away from their families for the first time. Last Christmas, 14,250 children all received a festive book parcel in the run-up to Christmas – that’s 1,800 more children than last year. And for the first time, some parcels were given out through community food banks to help some families who have been adversely affected by lockdowns and who were facing a difficult Christmas.

Are you ready to cast your vote?