Visit London Asks: What Are You Doing for Charity this Christmas?

Feeding the 5000 takes place on Wednesday in Trafalgar SquareWe all know tis the season to be jolly, but Christmas is also the season to be jolly charitable.

From contributing to corporate food collections to sending charity Christmas cards, to giving up your time for volunteer work, there are lots of ways to help those less fortunate at this time of year.

On Wednesday this week, a partnership of campaigners and charities is hosting a free feast of biblical proportions: a modern day Feeding the 5000 in Trafalgar Square. The aim of these groups (including Save the Children, ActionAid, This is Rubbish and FareShare) is to highlight the amount of food we waste in the UK.

There are charity Christmas concerts taking place all over the capital: The Music Department Chamber Choir of King’s College London is performing a Christmas programme in aid of Sense on 16 December at St Saviour’s Church in Pimlico. On Friday, St Andrews Holborn is holding a Baroque Charity Christmas Concert in support of Richard House Children’s Hospice in East London.

Even Elton John’s getting in on the act. On Saturday, his Out of the Closet sale opened in Covent Garden, selling items from the star’s flamboyant wardrobe. You can pick up unique pieces by Versace, Dior, Prada, McQueen, D&G and Jean Paul Gaultier from as little as £10; the sale lasts until next Saturday. 100% of the proceeds go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Are you doing something exciting and inspirational for charity this Christmas? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. We’re doing something very exciting! We’ve opened for Christmas pledges for small local charitable groups – have a look and find one near you at http://www.localgiving.com/

  2. Jo says:

    We’re doing charity secret santa in our office. We’re buying gifts requested by young carers – much better than tat for colleagues!

  3. Londonette says:

    I like the charity secret santa – completely agree with Jo. There’s also been collections of tins of food in our office building. It’s nice that people aren’t just thinking of themselves at this time of year.

  4. LazyLondon says:

    I always buy charity Christmas cards – it’s an easy way to make a donation to my favourite charities.

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