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Christmas Wish Tree

Give a gift for charity this Christmas – Support our Christmas Wish Tree!

This Christmas we are supporting local charities through our Christmas Wish Tree initiative. Staff and students are invited to buy and wrap one or more gifts for a charity. To participate, pick up your gift tags from the Christmas Wish Tree in the Bill Bryson Library, buy the selected item, and then return your wrapped gift(s) under the Wish Tree. Please make sure you firmly attach the tag back on the gift, so we can give your donation to the right charity!

Gifts will go to Age UK County Durham, Moving on Durham and Durham Action on Single Housing (DASH). Each gift tag on our Wish Tree has an item written on it that will be used by one of these charities to help people in need. Here you can find the complete list of the items indicated by the charities, and below we have included some information about them.

As a general rule of thumb, in buying your gift please avoid clothing or slippers that come in specific sizes and, if appropriate, clearly indicate on the tag if the item is for a woman or man.

The Christmas Wish Tree initiative is running from Monday 26 November to 12pm on Friday 14 December. On the afternoon of Friday 14 December, representatives for each charity will come to the Library to collect the gifts, and donations will be distributed by the charities according to need. Let’s see how much we can help the less fortunate this Christmas.

Age UK County Durham

Age UK County Durham is an independent charity working in the local community to help and support older people and their families. They offer expert advice on social care and legal issues, but also organise a range of social activities in County Durham to promote mental health and wellbeing – from lunch clubs to computer and exercise classes. Their mission is to make sure no one has no one to turn to as they get older.

Christmas can be a particularly hard time for older people who live alone and may not have any family to exchange gifts with. Even a small gift can make a big difference: pick a treat from our list to show that you care and they are part of a supportive community! Warm clothing items are also welcome as contributions to Age UK County Durham’s Keep Warm Keep Well campaign.

To know more about this charity’s activities, please visit

Moving On Durham

Moving On is a charitable organisation working with young people to assist with housing and homelessness issues across County Durham. They offer support and guidance as well as temporary accommodation, assisting young people in developing the knowledge, skills and motivation to live independently.

This year Moving On is launching a Clean Christmas campaign and you can significantly contribute: their shopping list includes a range of cleaning items to donate to young people in order to help them keep their homes clean and welcoming.

To know more about this charity’s activities, please visit

DASH – Durham Action on Single Housing

DASH is an independent charity that provides accommodation with support to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Their aim is to provide a supportive and stable environment in order to give people the best chance of addressing the problems that caused their homelessness and an opportunity to move forward into independence.

This Christmas help them encourage practices of ‘arty mindfulness’ among their service users: pick one or more items from their gift list including art materials and stationery, and contribute to support their campaign.

To know more about this charity’s activities, please visit:

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