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Which Charities to Donate to This Christmas

21 Nov 2022 by Liz Tod

Christmas is the time when we think about those less fortunate and less able to celebrate, with more of us donating to charities during December.

This could be a direct charity donation for Christmas or a donation gift in someone else’s name.

Did you know - people gave £11.3bn to charity in the UK in 2020?!

Not too sure who to donate to this Christmas? Many charities run special appeals at Christmas.


Here’s a list of popular charities (there are HUNDREDS more – check out ‘Charity Choice, ‘Charity Aid Foundation’ or ‘Search the Charity Register’ at Gov.uk for details about the work they do) :     

  • Oxfam
    Oxfam believes that EVERY human being is entitled to a life of dignity and opportunity. Fighting poverty and injustice, Oxfam works locally and globally in over 60 countries.
  • Christian Aid
    Christian Aid fights poverty across the world, a global movement of people, churches and local organisations. It aims to tackle the root cause of poverty.
  • Good Gifts 
    Established almost 20 years ago, this charity provides practical direct help at home and abroad. You buy life-changing gifts for someone on behalf of your family/friend. It could be a month’s worth of healthy food for a child, help with a fuel bill or new football boots for someone! An ideal charity donation for Christmas as it’s a gift that keeps on giving.
  • Sightsavers
    Sightsavers is an international charity that works to prevent avoidable blindness and protects the sight of the world’s most vulnerable. It promotes equal opportunities for those with visual impairment and other disabilities.


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Christmas is all about goodwill, so why not donate to a charity for Christmas gifts this festive season? Photo by Liza Summer.


  • Save The Children
    Save The Children keeps children safe and happy across the world, providing medicines, good food and education.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières
    Known as ‘doctors without borders’, Medicines Sans Frontieres is an international medical humanitarian organization working in over 90 countries. Saving people involved in conflict zones, natural disasters and epidemics.
  • Unicef
    Unicef works for children around the world in over 190 countries, providing clean water, lifesaving food, vaccines, education and protection from violence.
  • Samaritans
    Samaritans listens to and supports people in times of need and when in crisis. Available  24/7 in more than 200 branches and locations across the UK and Ireland.
  • Salvation Army
    The Salvation Army is a worldwide evangelical Christian church offering a wide variety of practical help without discrimination. Out in the community across the UK it tackles homelessness and addiction, supports families in need and has 22 debt advice centres.
  • Parkinson’s UK
    This charity offers support and advice to those with Parkinson’s and their families to improve their lives, funds research into new and better treatments and aims to find a cure.
    The RSPCA is the oldest and largest animal welfare charity in the UK with centres, hospitals and branches throughout England and Wales.  It’s concerned with the welfare of all animals, in our homes, on farms, in the wild and in labs. It’s involved in the rescue, rehabilitation or release of them.
  • Dog Trust
    Dogs Trust looks after dogs in need, finds new homes and gives advice/support to dog owners face-to-face or on the phone. 22 rehoming centres in the UK and Ireland.
  • Donkey Sanctuary 
    The Donkey Sanctuary helps to reduce the suffering of working and domestic donkeys all over the world. Provides advice and training on all aspects of donkey care and provides veterinary care.


If you’d like to support a charity this Christmas, it’s also worth looking at local events, as local charities are often looking for raffle prize donations.

If you’d like to purchase a hamper to donate to a local charity, take a look at our range of Christmas food hampers for inspiration, available for speedy delivery throughout the festive season.

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Our afternoon tea hamper is a popular choice for businesses and individuals to donate to charity raffles.


Some interesting facts before you go:

  1. Animal welfare charities are the most popular type of charity to give to here in the UK with 27% of donors supporting these.
  2. Support for young people or children is the next most popular with 24%.
  3. Medical research comes 3rd with 22%.
  4. 50.1% of UK households make a donation to charity in any given month of the calendar and in December this rises to 52.6%.
  5. Those aged 65+ are more likely than younger to engage in charitable and civic activities.
  6. Women are more likely than men to support animal welfare charities.
  7. Men are more likely than women to support medical research charities.
  8. In 2020 those aged 65+ were more likely to donate to overseas and disaster relief charities compared with younger donors.
  9. Younger donors are more likely than older to donate to charities supporting physical or mental healthcare.
  10. Nearly £1 in every £5 donated in the UK goes to religious organisations.
  11. And, ending on a very positive note, according to research, trust in charities has increased since 2018 with around 60% of people having a high regard for them.


(For more fascinating facts check out the ‘UK giving report’ by CAF).