Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2019

Christmas can be a difficult time for many, including for some of the residents we support at The Y. Showing love, compassion and support is a great way to spread the spirit of Christmas.

After an overwhelmingly successful appeal back in 2018, we asked again for Leicestershire locals to support our residents and provide them with a gift through our Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

With this initiative, we asked for shoeboxes filled with donations to help brighten a young person’s Christmas. Items which were requested ranged from shower essentials to cooking equipment with a long list of other treats. 

The donations came in fast, and again, we were left astounded by the support of the community. 

We received approximately 800 boxes from individuals, businesses and local groups alike. Here are a few amazing schools and businesses who supported us during the Christmas period:


  • Marriott School
  • Orchard Mead Academy
  • Forestway School
  • Leicester Grammar School
  • Beauchamp College
  • Cedar Academy
  • Falcons Primary School
  • Leicester Univerisity Student Participation and Engagement
  • All Saints, Scraptoft


  • Chubb
  • Play Barn
  • St Leonards Church, Swithland
  • Impact Air
  • JudgeMeadow
  • Asda
  • Braunstone NHS
  • Kierann Shah and the Space Centre


We also had many other individuals who kindly donated to which we are hugely grateful for. We would like to give an enormous thank you to all those mentioned and everyone else who made a donation, big or small to support our residents during this festive season. 

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and send best wishes for 2020!

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