Unite has teamed up with The Mirror and The Trussell Trust foodbank network for a Christmas appeal.
This Christmas The Trussell Trust (holder of Britain’s Most Admired Charity award) will needs to help feed 60,000 people, including 20,000 kids, who do not have enough money to eat - that's three times more than last Christmas.
Things are so bad that 1-in-5 UK mums regularly skip meals to feed their kids, due to a lack of money.
Without our help thousands of kids are facing a miserable Christmas.
So Unite is teaming up with The Mirror to raise funds to help each foodbank give a Christmas food box to families in crisis.
This appeal won't provide a lavish Christmas - lots of us are cutting back this year - but it will bring ordinary people together to try and ensure no child has to go without a decent meal at Christmas.
Watch our animation to see how big an impact a Christmas food box had on a family last year.
Look out for more appeal news in the Sunday and Daily Mirror.
Ways to help...
We know how generous Unite members are despite these tough times. So we've made giving as easy as possible for those who are able.
Make an individual donation – every penny counts:
FBOX99 and the amount you want to donate (either £3, £5 or £10) to 70070.
- You can give over the phone by calling: 01722 580 208 (lines open 09:30 to 17:00).
- Send a cheque payable to ‘The Trussell Trust’ to the following address: Unite Christmas Appeal, The Trussell Trust, Unit 9 Ashfield Trading Estate, Ashfield Road, Salisbury SP2 7HL.
Arrange a collection in your workplace or display a poster encouraging people to donate.
Could your union branch make a donation to the fund out of branch funds?
Don't worry if you aren't able to give money - you can help by promoting the appeal to colleagues, friends and family, as well as on social media.
Unite members getting involved
In Scotland the RBS Fettes/Dundas (Edinburgh) branch, have donated £3,116 to fund 100 family boxes to support the work of the Trussell Trust.
Speaking on behalf of the very generous branch members Geoff Grose said: “We are setting the ball rolling and hope other branches might start giving too.
“It is the build up to Christmas and other Unite members may have to turn to food banks. We feel good that 100 families are going to benefit from food on the table when without our contribution they wouldn’t have done. But the main reason for our support is about putting food on the table. It is a great service, not for providing luxuries but providing basics for those in need at Christmas.
“This is not just about money. It is about people coming together and giving their time. As a consequence bringing this to people’s attention, more will hopefully volunteer at food banks directly.”
The impact you can have
‘I cried with joy when our foodbank Christmas box was delivered,’ says Mandi, a mother of two, ‘it was such a relief: we were going to eat beans on toast for Christmas dinner, but instead we could have a festive feast.’ Despite being a working family, reduced hours and salary had left the family unable to make ends meet as the additional costs of winter took their toll.
‘We had to choose between paying for food, heating or rent’ says Mandi. ‘It’s so hard to tell your two young children that they can’t have any Christmas presents or a dinner like their friends. The foodbank made our Christmas, it was the best we’ve ever had. Thanks to our food box we could sit down and eat together as a family for the first time in week. We’d been telling the children we’d eat when they’d gone to bed, but the reality was we were going without. The foodbank even gave us small presents for the girls, it meant such a lot and helped us to get back on our feet.’ Meet the family themselves, in our Christmas animation.