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Newspaper Christmas appeals

We take a look at how the news industry is giving back this Christmas. 

News brands campaign for the causes that matter across the country and it is no different at Christmas. Last year, newspaper Christmas appeals donated more than £3.5 million.

Here are a few of the causes the industry is supporting this year. If you are interested in donating, each appeal description includes information on how to donate.

 The Daily Telegraph

This Christmas the paper will support three causes, all of which aim to provide people with emotional and practical support to the people who need it the most:

  • The Silver Line. The charity improves the lives of older people who live on their own and who don’t have many to talk to, by offering a weekly call from a ‘Silver Liner’.
  • Leukaemia Care. With your donations the charity helps spread the world about the symptoms of leukaemia, to increase rates of early diagnosis.
  • Wooden Spoon. The charity’s aim is to use rugby to help improve the lives of disenfranchised young people, providing them with confidence and purpose.

To make a donation, head to telegraph.co.uk/charity or call 0151 284 1927.

The Times

This year, the news brand will be supporting three charities: 

  • Possible. The charity’s vision is to see a zero-carbon society. To realise this, they inspire communities to take more action on climate change.
  • The Reading Agency. Helps people tackle life’s biggest challenges such as social mobility, mental health and loneliness through reading.
  • War Child UK. The Times will support Iraqi children traumatised by Islamic State.

 To make a donation, visit thetimes.co.uk/timesappeal or call 0151 284 2336.

The Sunday Times 

The news brand is supporting the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), to help children from Britain's most deprived areas enjoy a safe and happy festive season. For the poorest children in Britain, Christmas is not a time of joy but of exclusion, anxiety and dread. This campaign aims to help families in some of the most underprivileged communities in Britain at a time when they need it the most. The money raised can provide support throughout the holidays, not only by keeping the schools these children rely on open, but also by funding day trips and expeditions that boost learning.

To make a donation, click here.

The Sun

The news brand will be giving away money to charities that have been chosen by its readers, as part of its Charity Reader Fund of £1,000,000. Find out more here.

Evening Standard & The Independent

In the UK, the number of people sleeping rough is up by a fifth and two homeless people die every day. This is why ESI Media is launching its most ambitious campaign yet, a two-year campaign to highlight the issue of homelessness and develop initiatives to help stop it.

You can donate here.

Daily Mail

This year the Daily Mail will plant trees for a greener Britain, calling on people to be a ‘tree angel’. Click here to donate, to plant more woodlands and create a more beautiful country. In cooperation with the National Trust, the conservation charity is offering free entry to five historic locations around the country to plant trees.

The Guardian & The Observer

The news brands’ Christmas appeals this year will also be about trees. Around the theme of the climate emergency, they will be supporting four charities whose work promotes the renewal of nature and the planet:

  • Global Greengrants Fund UK. The charity provides resources for indigenous communities in the Amazon basin to help them protect their land.
  • Woodland Trust. Manages woods across the UK, planting trees, creating new woods and forests as part of its Big Climate Fightback.
  • Trees for Life. The charity’s mission is to provide space for wildlife to flourish and communities to thrive in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Trees for Cities. Works with socially deprived parts of the country to plant tress in schools, housing estates, parks and woodlands, with the aim of tackling the climate crisis, encouraging social cohesion and improving air quality.

You can donate to their Christmas appeal here.

 A big thank you to all the people involved in making these appeals happen.

 Merry Christmas.

by Hannah Ohm Thomas 12/12/19

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