Befriend a Child’s Giving Tree Appeal raises £13,436 to support local children growing up in difficult life circumstances

Befriend a Child’s annual Giving Tree Appeal, which took place in the latter half of 2021, focusses on raising funds for the charities 1-1 befriending programme, and ensures all of the children supported by the charity receive presents to open on Christmas morning.

The charity was overwhelmed by the generosity of the public as they received an incredible £13,436 in donations towards experiences the young people and their volunteer befrienders will enjoy this year. They were also able to provide Christmas presents to 174 local children, this included all of the children the charity supports and their siblings.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that supported the appeal this year whether that be by displaying our Giving Tree tags, purchasing gifts for the children, donating money towards experiences, or simply sharing the appeal. Thanks to your help, the children we support had a truly magical and memorable Christmas and have a fun filled year ahead.” - Tara Morrison, Fundraising and Marketing Co-ordinator, Befriend a Child

Befriend a Child match children with trained volunteer befrienders who act as positive adult role models showing children more of what life has to offer and giving them the best chance in life to thrive. Through taking part in fortnightly outings and activities the children are enabled to build new life skills, increase their confidence and self-esteem, reduce their social isolation in their communities and improve their overall wellbeing and quality of life.

Companies interested in taking part in the 2022 appeal can sign up here

To find out how you too could support Befriend a Child by fundraising or volunteering simply visit or email [email protected].