Newcastle, Belfast and Croydon

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 Wednesday 10 October and book from Wednesday 17 October. 100% matching applies to all challenges.

To book a Festive Challenge for Newcaslte, Belfast or Croydon, please contact your Zurich Cares Challenge Representative, Lisa Walsh on 07875 885168 from 10am.


Newcastle: 1250  Spread some Christmas Cheer

Challenge group size: F

St Oswald's Hospice 

What's the challenge?

St Oswald's provides Hospice care for children and adults who have life threatening conditions. This year they are asking for help to make Christmas a little more special for adults living with cancer, MND and many other serious illnesses who attend their day services. These people come to us each week for clinical advice and support, some friendly social interaction and the opportunity to join in a range of therapeutic activities such as complementary therapies, exercise classes or arts and crafts sessions.

They need a team to organise a collection of gifts for the adult day patients. They would be happy to welcome you into the Hospice to see the services provided for adult day patients and to wrap the presents while enjoying one (or two) of their chef's legendary mince pies! Many of these people live alone, or with a single carer, so Christmas can be rather a lonely, difficult time. It would be wonderful if you could provide a small gift to brighten their day and help them to feel loved and valued.



Belfast: 1213  No One Should have No One

Challenge group size: F

Age NI

What's the challenge?

Age NI is the leading charity for older people in Northern Ireland. Their vision is a world where everyone can love later life. Their society is ageing and as they grow older they face new challenges, and may face difficult issues like illness, poverty or loneliness.

Most of us can remember a time when they felt a bit down and someone was there to help us - a family member, a friend, a neighbour. Thousands of older people all over Northern Ireland will feel lonely. Without family, friends or neighbours to call or visit, their Christmas Day will be like any other day. They will see no one. They will talk to no one. They will feel that no one cares. Age NI cares. Their day centres help hundreds of older people who have no one else to turn to. This Christmas Age NI are asking people to support their No One Should have No One Campaign. They would like a team to come and volunteer at one of their centres for half a day or a day to decorate it. Or, if attendance is not possible, they would love a team to donate some gifts to their older people that would not otherwise get a present. Locations closest to our office are Age NI Day Centre, Skianos, East Belfast and Dunmurry. This can be picked up by more than one team.

Croydon: 1301  Every little helps

Challenge group size: F

Croydon Foodbank

What's the challenge?

Croydon Foodbank are providing food parcels for those in the local community who are in food poverty. They are wholly reliant on food donations from local supermarkets, business and the general public. As such stock levels can vary greatly and they therefore welcome all donations of non-perishable foods as well as toiletries, toilet rolls and baby nappies.

Croydon Foodbank are looking for food donations this Christmas. They have a list of food items that they really need which they can provide to you. The Foodbank are happy to accept the donations during their operating hours which are Monday, Tuesday and Friday between 12 noon and 2pm. If you can lead a team and collect lots of items the charity would be over the moon!

Croydon: 1302  Oh Christmas Tree

Challenge group size: S

South Croydon Day Centre

What's the challenge?

South Croydon Day Centre for the Retired are a Day Centre for the elderly of South Croydon and the surrounding area, providing them with a balanced hot meal at a very reasonable cost and a range of stimulating activities in a warm and convivial atmosphere. The Centre is open on Mondays and Thursdays of each week from 10am to 4pm. In a typical week it hosts around 30 older people aged 70 plus, many with a range of disabilities, and the total number on our books is about 40. The Centre is run under the direction of its Management Committee by a Co-ordinator, who is assisted by an Assistant Co-ordinator and on a rota basis by some 40 volunteers.

They would like a team to visit the centre one lunch time to meet with the visitors, hand out some mince pies and have a chat with them before they disappear off to complete an activity. Once the visitors have left they would like the team to transform the centre into a Christmas masterpiece by decorating the main rooms and putting up the tree. There would be a small amount of fundraising to buy some more decorations and lights as their existing ones are looking tired or have broken. They would love you to provide some mince pies for around 20 people.