Do you want to make a real difference this Christmas?

It might feel like summer has just ended, but Christmas is well on it’s way! Local home care company, Home Instead East Herts and Uttlesford are once again running their ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ gift-giving campaign, and are looking for local groups, organisations and individuals to get involved.

The company, which provides home care services to ageing adults throughout the local area, run their Christmas campaign annually. Now in it’s 9th
year, ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ asks people throughout the local area to donate gifts which are given to older people who may not otherwise receive anything at Christmas.

The company are calling out for local groups, organisations and individuals to get involved; not just by giving gifts, but by identifying older or vulnerable people who would benefit from receiving a gift this Christmas.

If you are a local hospice, charity, or organisation who works with older or vulnerable people who might not receive a gift or a visit from family or loved ones this Christmas, please get in touch.

In the past many schools, youth organisations, community groups and charities have got involved with the campaign by donating gifts, both bought or made. If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch too!

David Bassett, general manager at Home Instead East Herts and Uttlesford comments: “We are delighted to be running our ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ campaign again this year, for the 9th time! It always has an amazing turnout, with numerous local organisations and individuals getting involved to really give back to the elderly throughout our local community.

“The pandemic and the lockdown periods have been really hard for older people- increasing instances of isolation and loneliness as many were separated from friends and family for months at a time, and many who depend on support groups did not have access to these at all.

“At the end of another difficult year, it is a really simple way to give back- but one that can make such a difference, which is why we are calling upon the local community to get involved in whatever way they can!”

The company are looking for simple, small gifts which would be appreciated by older people, including socks, gloves, hats, chocolate, biscuits, toiletries, puzzles, games, jigsaws, etc.

To find out more about Home Instead East Herts and Uttlesford’s ‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ gift giving campaign and how you can get involved, please call 01279 721443 or Elf Line 01279 295220 visit

#BeASanta is a gift-giving scheme in which you can positively impact the lives of older people in the community.
It’s a fantastic way of spreading festive cheer in the community whilst getting out and about and talking to
people about Home Instead. This toolkit gives you some ideas on how you can get involved.  East Herts Be a Santa