Reverse Advent for The Gingerbread Centre #25daysofkindness

Throughout the month of December I hope to complete an act of kindness every day. I hope to raise awareness of local charities and support those around us this Christmas who may be forgotten in the crazy rush that December can be. The first day of Christmas Kindness sees the beginning of the Reverse Advent Calendar for The Gingerbread Centre.

The Gingerbread Centre in Stoke on Trent provides support and accommodation for homeless families and single pregnant women. Throughout the year they provide supported accommodation for 22 homeless families, offer mental health support and education or workplace skills training. Catherine Court is also home to Gingerbread’s Young Parents supported accommodation unit, which provides support to pregnant or parenting teenagers ages 16-18 and their children.

The Reverse Advent Calendar is very easy to take part in. All that you need to do is add an item to the box each day and then get in touch when it is full and they will come and collected. These boxes will then be sorted through and distributed to those who need them most on the 20th December.

If you would like to find out more information about the Reverse Advent Calendar or would like a box to be delivered so you can take part click here.

Each day I will be updating with my #25daysofkindness act, please check back to see what I’ve been up to. It is all too easy to get bogged down in thinking you need more and more stuff to make you happy. My hope is that throughout this month I become more grateful for everything and spread a little happiness along the way 🙂

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The first mince pie of the year!

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It’s officially that time of the year again… where every cup of tea is accompanied by a warm mince pie! I love the build up to Christmas, it is such a family time of year. I am blessed to be able to spend family time with my family at least once a week but the excitement of Christmas still grabs me every year. I know it is still weeks away but when I saw these mice pies when out shopping today I simply couldn’t resist! They are such a comfort food on cold and dark days, where nothing but a cup of tea, mince pie, a fluffy blanket and a good book will do! They bring back all of those happy memories I associate with this time of year and I love it 🙂

So go on, you know you want to, eat a mince pie and remember happy family time memories 🙂