#12giftsforchristmas 2019

Last year our #12giftsforchristmas activities raised over £3,500 and donated numerous food, toys, gifts, bikes and furniture items to highlight and support individuals and charities close to our hearts. Below is a log of what we’re getting up to this year on the count down to Christmas.

#12: A gift not just for Christmas

As we start a New Year, we understand that supporting charities doesn’t just stop. That is why we are making a commitment to 120 hours of voluntary charity work over the next 12 months. Check back to see what we have been up to.  Wishing everyone a great 2020!

#11: Eat more chocolate!

Following our 2019 success where the profits of our office tuck-box supported two charities (see gift #4), we are bucking the New Year resolution trend by committing to eat more chocolate in 2020!

The proceeds of our box of goodies will continue to support St Giles Hospice and Prostate Cancer UK.

#10: Home sweet home

According to Shelter, an estimated one in every 201 people in the UK are homeless. By this Christmas, 135,000 children will be living in temporary accommodation and facing homelessness. Despite what may seem like an overwhelming situation, we are firm believers in ‘action’, which is why as a collective, we’ll be supporting Centrepoint, the youth homelessness charity, by sponsoring a room throughout 2020 to “help give a young person a place – somewhere to feel safe, somewhere to start their future”.

#9: For the love of football

Every Wednesday, at the end of the working day, Stephen goes into our board room and starts to strip into his kit for his football coaching session – no matter what the weather. Notwithstanding the trauma of seeing his legs, Stephen will now be taking his love of football and leadership skills to coach others with ideas and practices for the inclusion of disabled players in football sessions.

Inclusion, equality and diversity generally is something we take seriously at EBY. We’re a small team but we never let that stop our ambition and creativity, which in turn is fed by the experiences and perspective of others.


#7 & #8: Putting our money where our mouth is

We appreciate these two gifts are a bit like giving someone vouchers for Christmas. Whilst not as imaginative as some of our other endeavours, ultimately, it’s what some of the organisations we want to support need – monetary donations.

And if this is what Stephen and Chris are helping to fund for Cancer Research UK and Dementia UK with their donations (click links), we’re allowed to be just a little unimaginative once a year for Christmas!

#6: Our very own Father Christmas

Each year, Chris makes it his personal mission to deliver as many donation bags as possible to the British Heart Foundation.  In 2018, we raided wardrobes, cupboards and anything that had not been worn or used for a few years into a collection of 21 bags.  This year we are proud to say we are going to need a bigger van… our current count is 25 and growing.

In our small way, we remain committed to helping fund life saving research to ‘beat heartbreak forever’.

Liam from the British Heart Foundation


#5: Tools for learning

Each year we are commissioned to produce our client’s ‘Love Snopake’ hero design for use across its brand collateral.  Bringing this to life involves shaping the iconic ‘heart’ with its beautiful stationery and office products, as the example below, done this time last year, shows.  We are then left with copious amounts of top-line items which this year we have chosen to donate to Skills Tank in #AmazingTamworth

“Our aim is to give adults aged 16+ with learning disabilities/difficulties and behaviours of concern a happier, calmer and more fulfilled lives!”

Thank you Snopake!

#4: Snacking is good!

Last year, we decided to put our team of ‘snackers’ to good use by making a commitment to donate all our tuck-box profits to St Giles Hospice and Prostate Cancer UK to support the amazing work that both of these charities do in the community.  £100 cheques are on their way to each, in memory of Andy, who kept us all topped up with treats for many years.

#3: Jumper for joy!

Having supported this charity in 2018 as one of our #12giftsforchristmas, we were determined to outdo ourselves this year.

This year, we sold mince pies, shook our donation boxes, held a ‘Pin the nose on James Blunt’ competition and for once, put aside our design sensitivities as we donned Christmas jumpers of all colours and pyrotechnic effects!

Thank you to everyone who supported our antics. Donations can still be made to our Just Giving page or you can text TEAMEBY2019 to 70050 to donate £2.

Here are just a few examples of how all of our donations can change a child’s life:

Merry Christmas!


#2: Friendship – Gavin, Aileen and Fred

As part of last year’s #12giftsforchristmas, Gavin got in touch with Age UK, determined to become a ‘befriender’.

One year on and with over 40 visits made, enough flowers delivered to fill a shop and numerous cups of tea shared, we find that Gavin has caught the ‘befriender’ bug.

Meet Fred. Whilst Aileen was a bit camera shy, Fred, Gavin’s new friend, was happy to pose for us, even if Gavin’s explanation of needing an image for this blog made him glaze over!


#1: Transforming lives in every community

With #RemembranceDay just gone, our first #12giftsforchristmas remembers the work of the Salvation Army. Whilst we hope Gladys’ donation goes in some way to help them continue to be there for someone in need this Christmas, we’d encourage anyone to support their vital work with people in distress anytime of the year.

Video: Donut Lassies

Podcast: When the World Went to War, the Salvation Army Was there


Posted on: 12 November, 2019 | Under |