Dig out those decs and dust off those Santa hats... it's Festive Challenge time and we've got some right 'crackers' for you this year!   

Choose your challenge from Tuesday 3 October and book from Tuesday 10 October. 100% matching applies to all challenges.

To book yours, please contact your Zurich Cares Challenge Representative, Kerry Chambers, on email kerry.chambers@zct.org.uk.

1085  Kids just love a crafty Christmas!

Challenge group size: M

Glasgow Children's Hospital  

What's the challenge?

Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity - raises money to ensure that the babies, children and young people treated at Scotland’s largest children’s hospital receive the best possible care and experience.


The charity would love a team to make up some Christmas craft gift bags for their sick children.
The team is asked to purchase various toys, arts and crafts materials (£250 budget) to then be divided up into paper bags and distributed to children staying at the hospital. The team are also asked to pack and personalise the design of the bags on the outside (if using plain paper bags).
As a guide, they have asked for approximately 4/5 different items in each bag. If there is a colouring activity, please ensure there is the relevant material for this i.e. colouring in pencils/pens. Edible items are to be avoided. The charity have provided a list with links of suggested items to make it as easy as possible for the team to source the goodies.


1086  Show You Care

Challenge group size: S/M

Move On   

What's the challenge?

Move On, one of our local partners, is a Scottish charity that works to support people affected by homelessness and to prevent homelessness, especially among vulnerable young people who face a higher risk of becoming homeless.


Move on would welcome a group of people to visit their FareShare warehouse in December.

Volunteers would first be taken through a basic induction and safety briefing.  They would then help sort out donated food for collection and delivery to organisations around the West of Scotland.  It is preferable for the volunteers to attend in the morning as this is their busiest time and also to maximise the experience! You would be working with young people who have gone through Move On's Employability training and are volunteering in the warehouse.

The only cost would be the cost of transport for the volunteers to get to the warehouse.

This challenge would help make a big difference by helping provide food to vulnerable people at a difficult time of year. They could take 8 volunteers easily or it could be split into two teams on different days. This can be picked up by more than one team.

Hours would fall between 9 – 5 Monday to Friday.

1087  No ones goes hungry at Christmas

Challenge group size: L

Turning Point

What's the challenge?

Turning Point Scotland - provides a Housing Support and Housing First model of service for people in Renfrew and East Dunbartonshire who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

They would like your team to buy, prepare and serve a Christmas meal in December for approximately 25 people.

This would benefit the charity's service users and their small team of staff. Service users can have little or no contact with family over the festive period and it can be a very lonely time. Last year the staff arranged a similar meal - there was a great ‘buzz’ in the office and everyone enjoyed the light hearted and relaxed atmosphere (and, of course, the meal!).

In addition to a team of volunteers to help cook, purchase and shop for food, they'd also love the team to purchase some Christmas decorations and table trimmings.



1088  Happy hampers!

Challenge group size: L

CLIC Sargent

What's the challenge?

CLIC Sargent, one of our national Partners who support young people and children with cancer. 


This year CLIC Sargent are challenging Zurich employees to source some food and toiletry items for special Christmas hampers for their Glasgow  Home from Home. Their homes are places for families to stay whilst their child receives treatment. You can help make a difference to families who are experiencing some of the toughest times in their lives. By providing these hampers, you are enabling families to have one less thing to worry about and help them feel more comfortable during their stay.
CLIC Sargent will let the team have a list of items required. This year they are asking us to ensure that any toiletries donated are not scented and any food items donated are not perishable please.