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Durham University

University Library

Christmas Wish Tree

Would you like to help someone in need this Christmas? Help us support two local charities by donating to our Christmas Wish Tree campaign.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our Christmas Wish Tree will be a little different this year but will still provide much-needed support to two local charities, especially during these uncertain times.

Staff and students are invited to donate an amount of their choice to one or both charities, which will help them to provide items from their wish list.

This year’s charities were chosen by representatives from Durham Students’ Union:

  • Children North East, who work with children and young people in their families, schools and communities to ensure they grow up to be healthy and happy.

  • REfUSE is a community café in Chester-le-Street, who intercept food before it becomes waste and use it to make food to serve in their community cafe.

How to get involved:

  • Visit the donation pages for our chosen charities this year - you can choose to support one or both charities:
    - Children North East
    - REfUSE
    As of the week beginning 23 November, you can scan the QR codes on our Christmas Wish Tree in Bill Bryson Library, located on Level 2 opposite the Help and Information Desk, or on the posters displayed in your College

  • Donate your chosen amount

Donations should be made before Friday 18 December

The wish lists

Children North East

  • £5 could provide a book to encourage children to keep reading over the Christmas break.

  • £10 could provide a phone top up for one of the volunteer peer mentors and help them keep in contact with their young person mentee over the Christmas period.

  • £15 could help coordinate the distribution of a Christmas resource and activity pack to children and young people who are most in need, to enable them to enjoy fun activities at home with their families over Christmas.

  • £25 could provide a food parcel to a family with essential food items including fresh fruit and veg, along with hygiene products

  • £32 could pay for one-hour phone support with a specialist infant therapist to help reduce an expectant mum's anxiety and the negative impact on their unborn baby during Covid-19.


  • £2 pays for a bag full of shopping at the 'Pay As You Feel' shop

  • £5 will buy a specially wrapped hamper of sweet treats for the families supported over Christmas

  • £10 pays to collect and redistribute 20kg food: a week's supply of food for two households

  • £20 will buy extra ingredients needed for Christmas dinners delivered to people who are on their own or struggling over the Christmas period

  • £50 will go towards the building project, paying for some of the essential new cooking equipment