Christmas Gifts for Disadvantaged Children
Every year, we provide Christmas presents for over 1,000 disadvantaged children under the care of the Social Services in Wandsworth and Richmond.
We do this in two ways :
- We take donations of gifts which we pass on to disadvantaged children.
- We take donations of money which we then use to buy gifts on your behalf.
Our team is totally voluntary and we have no costs of any kind. Everything (including this website) is donated to us.
There are two ways you can make Christmas special for one or more disadvantaged local children. You can either buy a present for us to deliver or you can simply make a donation and we will choose a suitable present on your behalf.
Donate a Present
Buy the Gift Yourself
We will provide a first name, age and gender of a child or children, and a code. This code makes sure the gift you buy goes to the right child so please always make sure the code is written/attached securely to the gift. You then buy, for approximately £20, a suitable present. It is very important that you follow our Gift Guidelines.
You can then either:
buy the present and drop it at one of our drop off points
buy a gift online and send it to our head office
We Buy the Gift
Many people find it easier to let us choose a suitable gift, buy it, wrap it and deliver it.
If you would like to do this you simply need to make a donation directly to our account and we will purchase a gift on your behalf.
Our bank details will be provided to you if you contact us and let us know you'd like to make a donation.
Gift Tree at a Glance
Gift Tree was started by Anna Pritchard in 2006 when having approached Wandsworth Council with the concept she organised presents for 173 children. Each year since, the roots have been spreading and Gift Tree now provide presents for over 1,000 children across Wandsworth and Richmond areas.
Anna Pritchard was joined by Kate Poyser, Jo Aylin and Audrey Wang. They work with parents from local schools, church groups and companies to provide for this worthy cause at a very hectic time of year. Gift Tree is not a Registered Charity; all the organisation is voluntary and provided at no cost, thus ensuring that every penny or present donated goes directly to the child in need. In 2016 Anna retired from Gift Tree but Kate, Jo and Audrey are continuing in her stead.
Gift Tree have been working with Wandsworth Social Services since 2006. In 2017 we started working with Achieving for Children, a social enterprise company created in 2014 by the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames to provide their children’s services www.achievingforchildren.org.uk.