While the run-up to Christmas is a time of celebration for many, it can be a tough time for some veterans. Remembrance Day commemorations often stir up painful memories. The risk of debt and homelessness can spiral. And Christmas on civvie street can still feel unfamiliar and confusing.
What we do to support veterans
FirstLight Trust helps veterans of the armed forces and bluelight services who need help getting back on their feet. We run hubs across the UK which are great spots for the public and veterans alike to enjoy coffee, cake and company. But each costs around £120,000 a year to keep going.
We’d also love to set up clinics, drama, art therapy sessions, Coping Strategy Sessions and Emotional Intelligence techniques. Plus expand activities like gym sessions and gardening.
How you can help
If you’d like to show your support this festive season, here are 7 ways you can raise essential funds to help military and emergency service veterans:
1. No time to send Christmas cards?
Don’t panic! Email, WhatsApp, tweet, Facebook message or print out this page’s header image instead and make a donation.
Buy online: Our enamel mugs with the quote “You know what the trick of a long life is, Sharpe? Stay out of range.” can be ordered online.
3. Let Amazon give 0.5% to us
Sign up for Amazon Smile and chose FirstLight Trust as your nominated charity. Then shop using the Amazon Smile web address instead. Amazon will give us 0.5% of the amount you spend, at no cost to you.
4. Make a donation instead of a Christmas present
Clueless as to what to give The Person Who Has Everything? Why not make a donation on their behalf? Check out the many ways to donate, even if you’re in the USA.
5. Have a clear out
Are you clearing space for new Christmas gifts? Please take your unwanted clothes, bric-a-brac and homeware to our Redcar or Scarborough shops.
6. Pop in for a coffee
Take a break from your Christmas shopping at one of our coffee bar hubs in: