We need your help to fund these projects:

Welcome to the Surviving Christmas website!

Thank you to all our volunteers for their fantastic support in making our 30th year of Making Christmas Special so wonderful !

We wish you a happy new year and all the best for 2015!

Project Update 2014 is now available click here

What we do?

We are a local charity based in Hastings, East Sussex and aim to help people of Hastings and Rother suffering hardship or distress.

Read more about our mission.

How we do it?

We run 3 projects annually

Open Christmas - a 2 day event for lonely and homeless people based at The Salvation Army Hall, St Andrew's Square, Hastings, TN34 1SP.  Warm meals, tea and snacks, showers, hairdressing, clothing, medical services, entertainment and friendship are on offer.  All delivered by our wonderful army of volunteers.

Hamper Project - we pack and distribute up to 600 food hampers and gifts to local people in need.

Voucher Project - we distribute food vouchers to help families with the additional costs of Christmas.

Christmas Day Lunch - served to a small group of lonely, elderly people within a local parish area.  Aiming to bring neighbours together and help alleviate isolation amongst the elderly.  2014 will be this project pilot year.  The pilot is in partnership with St Matthews, St Leonards.

Although we deliver the above projects in December we are aware that those we help will need some continued support.   We help other sepcialist groups in the area to deliver that support throughout the year.  We would like to thank some the groups such as St John's Ambulance Homeless Service in Hastings, Salvation Army, Hastings Foodbank, Age UK At Home From Hospital Service, Gizmo Gaffe, St Matthews and others for their work.

Read more about our campaign.

Why do we do it?

For most people Christmas is an enjoyable time, full of rejoicing and happiness. However, for those in hardship, whether financial or emotional it can be a distressing and very lonely time. Read more about our history and motivations.

Who does this?

We rely entirely on volunteers and voluntary donations.

Read more about how you can help.

Key Facts

  • Surviving Christmas was started in 1985.
  • It is a local charity supporting vulnerable people and families in the Hastings and Rother area
  • In addition to financial donations, non-perishable food, clothing, toiletries and small gifts are needed at Christmas.
  • Volunteers are required at Christmas and to help fundraise during the year.