How Can I Help Local Charities in Bristol this Christmas?

Below, we’ve highlighted some great local charities in Bristol and South Gloucestershire that could really use your support this Christmas.

1. Tap for Bristol - Bristol City Bid

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With this charity, doing good has never been easier. TAP for Bristol is aimed at aiding the homeless by facilitating quick, easy and direct donations at your convenience. You can find TAP for Bristol donation points located all over the city – in the windows of businesses and on contactless devices.

This Christmas, your generosity could make a significant impact on the lives of those without shelter. You can explore the TAP Map to find your nearest donation point, or donate online over at Bristol City Centre BID.

2. The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC)

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Great Western Air Ambulance - known as GWAAC - is a crucial life-saving force in Bristol, offering critical rapid-response air ambulance services in the South West. They deliver patients in critical need to hospitals swiftly and provide first aid to people in remote locations before the ambulance arrives.

Work will continue this Christmas to provide immediate medical care in emergencies, and your support could be the lifeline someone desperately needs.

Find out how you can make a difference by visiting GWAAC.

3. 1625 Independent People

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1625 Independent People works tirelessly with young people across the South West who are homeless, leaving care, or are at risk of homelessness. This grassroots organisation does incredible work to ensure young people aged 16 to 25 have not only a safe place to live, but also the practical and emotional support to go on to thrive as independent adults.

Visit 1625 Independent People to find out how you can support the charity this Christmas.

4. BookTrust

BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s literacy charity. This year, BookTrust’s Christmas Appeal is asking for donations of as little as £10 to send a surprise festive parcel with books to brighten the Christmas of children who find themselves vulnerable or in care.

Could you spare £10 with BookTrust? The money will go towards one of the 17,000 festive book gifts the charity is aiming to send out to kids who need them most.

Head over to BookTrust to find out how you can donate.

5. Marmalade Trust

Marmalade Trust is a Bristol-based charity that understands how difficult Christmas can be for someone who is struggling with loneliness.

The Marmalade Trust hosts regular lunches in the run-up to Christmas, and on the day itself, its volunteers make Christmas doorstep visits, delivering festive hampers full of gifts and bringing a bit of festive cheer to those who need that joyous spirit the most!

If you believe that no one should have to spend the festive season alone, visit Marmalade Trust to find out how you can get involved this year.

6. North Bristol Foodbank

North Bristol Foodbank works to combat poverty and hunger and to support anyone in crisis in the local community.

This charity seeks to make a real difference to local people struggling this Christmas. So, whether you can donate time, money or simply a few extra tins from your weekly food shop, North Bristol Foodbank will be hugely grateful for your support.

Visit North Bristol Foodbank to find out how you can make a difference this Christmas.

7. Bristol Animal Rescue Centre

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The Bristol Animal Rescue Centre cares for and shelters abandoned animals, offering them a second chance at life and finding them the loving homes they deserve.

There are many ways in which you can support this charity this Christmas, and your contribution could make a world of difference to the animals awaiting care and shelter.

Go to Bristol Animal Rescue Centre to find out more about how you can help Bristol's furry friends.

8. Refugee Women of Bristol

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Refugee Women of Bristol is a beacon of hope for refugee and asylum-seeking women and their families in Bristol.

If you’re wondering how you can help local families in need at Christmas, your one-off or recurring donations could provide much-needed support and resources to those most in need.

Discover ways to contribute to the charity by visiting Refugee Women of Bristol.

9. FareShare South West

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FareShare South West is a special initiative that tackles both food waste and hunger by redistributing surplus food to charities and community groups that need it most. Last year, they provided over three million meals to those without and saved over 1,300 tonnes of food!

This year, why not join their mission to make a difference? Your support can help ensure that no one in Bristol goes hungry.

Learn more about how you can contribute by visiting FareShare South West.

Your contributions - be it through donations, volunteering, or charity collections - will bring warmth and joy to the lives of those in need during the Christmas season in Bristol.