Christmas Day

Supporting lonely older adults during the holidays

Christmas Day at Jacksons Lane

Neither wind nor rain (or even a global pandemic for that matter) have been enough to stop us providing festivities for older North Londoners alone on Christmas Day for the last 45 years in a row.

Our Christmas Day programme is our oldest and dearest to our hearts; it harkens back to Jacksons Lane’s earliest days as a church, as well as it’s community-oriented origins in the 1970s. 

For decades people have sought community within our building during the festive period. And we have no intention of stopping now. 

The operation is entirely volunteer-led. For many volunteers, helping out here has become as much of a tradition in their families as stockings, carols and cold turkey sandwiches on Boxing Day.

The Big Give Christmas Challenge

This year we’re taking part in the Big Give Christmas Challange.

Between 12 noon on Tuesday 30 November and 12 noon on Tuesday 7 December, any money you donate through the Big Give will be match funded.

That means that every £1 you give will provide £2 of assistance to vulnerable older adults this Christmas.

Help us make this Christmas the BIGGEST we’ve ever celebrated, with 100 guests joining us for a meal in the newly renovated Jacksons Lane, and 200 hampers hand delivered by our volunteers to those who are unable to make the journey.

The Big Give opens at 12 noon on Tuesday 30 November.


Donate here

A taste of our Christmas cheer

Because of social distancing measures in 2020, we were unable to have people in our building as usual. This didn’t stop us from supporting people in need during the festive period.

It took some doing, but we were able to create and distribute 248 festive hampers, crammed full of food, drink and gifts on Christmas Day. 

This year, we’re aiming to reach more vulnerable adults than ever, who would otherwise be on their own at Christmas. We’re once more running our sit-down lunch in our brand-new building for nearly 100 older adults, and continuing our newly designed delivery service from 2020 for up to 200 isolated people, operating out of one of our studios.

We need an army of volunteers

If interested in supporting this wonderful movement, please fill out our Christmas Day Volunteer Form

Please contact [email protected] if you’d like to refer an adult in need on Christmas Day.

Help us to continue supporting older adults on Christmas Day

It’s never too early in the year to support our Christmas Day effort. We rely on financial support to make this event happen, so please dig deep and help us to support older adults alone on Christmas Day.
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Get in touch

If you have a query related to our Christmas Day project, just fill in the form to send a message to the Jacksons Lane team. We’ll be in touch ASAP!

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