Manchester charities are looking for volunteers and donations to help them over the busy Christmas period.  Even just a couple of hours of your assistance or a small gift can make a difference.

1Wood Street Mission Christmas Appeal 2016

2Christmas Carols in the City

Tickets are now on sale for the third annual Christmas Carols in the City concert. It’s a chance to experience an authentic festive choir in the beautiful setting of Manchester Cathedral with part of the ticket fee going to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital charity. It takes place on Thursday 15 December and festive refreshments will be available. Tickets are £6 for children and concessions, £12 for adults.

3Help support the work of St Ann’s Hospice

St Ann’s Hospice operates across Greater Manchester and helps thousands of families every year who are affected by cancer and life-limiting illnesses. £16,000 a day is needed to maintain the specialist care and support they provide – and your donations can help. They are currently accepting donated items for their Christmas raffle and there are other festive events you can contribute to including fairs, an Elf Treasure Hunt and Get Elfie campaign.

4Be there for someone with The Samaritans

5Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelter

Greater Manchester Winter Night Shelter is welcoming people from all walks of life to volunteer with the distribution and organisation of shelters for the homeless. There are seven locations across the area.

6Bring hope to the streets of Manchester with Barnabus

Barnabus help rough sleepers and the homeless all year round with an emphasis on providing sleeping bags this winter. They are also accepting donations of Christmas-themed food and warm clothing at the office at 61 Bloom Street. Christmas presents are also welcome. For a recommended list of items to give please see their website.  Deadline is 11 December.

7Help make vulnerable children’s voices heard in Greater Manchester

8Help fight hunger with FareShare

An estimated 8.4 million people across the country go without adequate food in the winter. You can do your bit to help fight hunger and ensure that some of the most vulnerable people in our society have enough to eat this Christmas by joining Team FareShare and spending a morning or afternoon on Thursday 1, Friday 2 or Saturday 3 December collecting food donations from your local Tesco store.

9Help FC United play Santa Claus Toy Story

Pic MickDean/FCUM Photograpy 2013

FC United are playing Santa Claus again this year. No, it’s not a charity football match. They are collecting toys at every home game until 17 December and distributing them to local children in need in time for Christmas.

10Donate to Manchester Dogs Trust

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