Highbury is calling all staff and students to spread a little Christmas cheer by donating to the Highbury College Christmas Appeal.

Highbury College staff members showcasing empty Christmas Appeal donation boxes

We’re passionate about supporting our community, so this year will be collecting food donations for two local charitable projects: the Shaping Portsmouth’s Christmas Hampers for Care Homes and the Family Church’s Caring Hands Food Bank.

Donations can be made at all campus reception areas (including the Honeypot nursery) until the end of day Friday 11th December. Look out for the festive donation boxes!

Christmas Hampers for Care Homes

The Christmas Hampers for Care Homes project, set up by Shaping Portsmouth, aims to gift Christmas hampers to all of the city’s 39 care homes. Donation suggestions include a mixture of non-perishable food items, including chocolates, biscuits, crackers and nibbles. You are also welcome to give Christmas decorations – even homemade ones – for all at any care home to enjoy!

This project has no limits for what you can donate, but have asked the following three simple rules are followed:

  • No alcohol – including items such as boozy Christmas puds, chocolate with alcohol in them, etc.
  • No candles or items involving a naked flame!
  • Everything must be in its original packaging (this is so that it can be cleaned easily to ensure it’s COVID-19 secure).

Caring Hands Food Bank

The College will also be collecting on behalf of Caring Hands Food Bank. Working as part of Family Church in the Portsmouth area, Caring Hands runs a weekly food bank, providing emergency food provision to individuals and families in need.

Donation suggestions include:

  • Rice
  • Tinned meat meals
  • Tinned potatoes
  • Tinned veg
  • Pasta
  • Pasta sauce
  • Tinned fruit
  • Cereal
  • Tuna
  • Tea
  • Sugar
  • Biscuits
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Shower gel
  • Toothbrushes.

No alcohol please.

You are welcome to label donations for the individual projects, or alternatively the donations will be shared between the projects.

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  • Date 25/11/2020