For over 40 years, elderly people who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day have gathered at Jacksons Lane for a day of festival food, entertainment and community spirit.
In 2020, this volunteer-led event faces unprecedented challenges, as we balance the logistical difficulties created by Covid-19 and a temporary building closure to deliver a memorable event for vulnerable locals who need support like never before.
That's why we're taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge - between December 1st and December 8th, any donation you offer will be matched, allowing us to deliver festive cheer across Haringey.
We know times are hard, but no donation is too small this year. The national lockdown means that Jacksons Lane will have additional costs, such as venue hire to prepare the food, in addition to the cost of transporting the food to residents across Haringey, due to social distancing rules.
Your support is vital
2020 has highlighted the chilling effect that isolation has on people of all ages up and down the country. Sadly for some, isolation is a reality that must be dealt with every single year.
Christmas Day at Jacksons Lane represents a rare moment for vulnerable people in Haringey to feel the warmth and support of their local community.
Without your support, they may not be able to feel that connection with the community again. This year, more than ever, your donations mean can touch a vulnerable part of the local community like never before.
To ensure that our donations are matched, we can only accept donations via The Big Give's website above. All donations that are received during the campaign, which begins on #GivingTuesday, Tuesday 1st December
Volunteers are the heart of the event
The very heart of this festive event is a volunteering spirit. People from Haringey and beyond assemble together within our space to show that we are united, even during the most trying of times.
Although Jacksons Lane's physical building will not play host to either guests nor volunteers this year, we need more volunteers than ever to overcome the challenges that we will face.
We will need cooks, craft makers, and vehicle drivers to deliver packages to residents around the borough. Support will be needed before and on Christmas Day itself.
If you have a spare day or afternoon before Christmas and would like to help your community, please email [email protected] with your availability.