Feeding Families is an opportunity to donate Christmas hampers to families in food poverty. While many of us look forwards to the fun and laughter of Christmas, for many families it's a time of stress and sadness when already stretched budgets are beyond breaking point. We offer the lifeline of food and relief from their circumstances at the most pressured time of year though volunteers who freely share what they have with a specific family This in turn has an uplifting effect on the donors, who feel they have personally changed lives and given hope.

We also collect food and money donations from workplaces, schools and individuals who want to help and pack these into substantial hampers which are distributed through our partner charities.

This year we are running an online raffle to raise funds to run our packing days and to buy food for our hampers. Please be generous and buy some tickets and share the link with your friends.

Happy Christmas!

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1. Voucher for Two Night Hotel Break for 2 People

Fancy an escape to the countryside to recharge your batteries? Or what about a chance to explore an exciting new city? Whatever the reason for your trip you can both relax and unwind with a choice of over 175 top-quality properties located all over the UK and Europe – from quaint Cornish towns to the remote Scottish Highlands or even Rome in Italy - there is something to suit every taste. Breakfast is included on both mornings at most locations.


2. Amazon Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa

  • The next generation of Amazon's bestselling Fire tablet ever - now thinner, lighter, with longer battery life and an improved display. Beautiful 7" IPS display with higher contrast and sharper text, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and up to 8 hours of battery life. 8 or 16 GB of internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 256 GB of expandable storage.

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3. Spa Day for 2 at Bannatyne, Marriott etc.

This indulgent treat for two at either a Bannatyne, Hallmark, Macdonald, Marriott, Mercure or Village spa is designed to provide much deserved relaxation and rejuvenation. Spending some time making the most of the fantastic facilities such as the swimming pool, sauna, steam room, and gym will be an energising addition to your day, perfectly complimenting your 25 minutes of pampering treatments. 


4. Go Glamping donated by Gables Pod Camping

You’ll spend a night in a handmade wooden pod kitted out with its own kitchenette and ensuite bathroom. Each one has a heater to keep things cosy on chillier days, and a barbecue and outdoor seating for when the weather decrees alfresco eating to be a possibility. For the ultimate combo of fresh air and warmth, take yourself over to the the site’s hot tub for a dreamy evening bubbling away as the sun sets.


5. Transporter Bridge Bungee Jump - donated by Buyagift

Bungee jumping is one of the most amazing adrenaline-pumping, thrill-inducing experiences that you can have, so do it now from the mighty Transporter Bridge in Middlesborough. 


6. Cap Monde Worldwide Wine Selection Gift Pack

An impressive selection of Australian wines in a wooden presentation box. Includes 

  • El Emperador Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere
  • El Emperador Sauvignon blanc
  • Western Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cape Spring Pinotage
  • Terra Argenta Malbec
  • Badgers Creek Shiraz


7. Afternoon Tea for 2 donated by Fifteas

Enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea for two people at the Fifteas Tea Room in Bishop Auckland. Drift back to the 1950s and enjoy their vintage china and tasty treats!


8. Two Day Tickets donated by Beamish Museum

Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s. Enjoy a day out at this local attraction.


9. Theme Night Meal for 2 donated by Re-f-use

A cafe with a difference! REfUSE in Chester-le-Street is a branch of a rapidly growing network of organisations challenging criminal levels of food waste. They intercept food before it becomes waste and turn it into healthy, accessible meals. This prize is for two tickets at one of their themed restaurant evenings which take place on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.


10. Meal for 2 donated by Wetherspoons Bishop Auckland

Come to the Stanley Jefferson - Bishop Auckland's Wetherspoons for a hearty meal for two. Pop across the road to see the new visitor centre and the Mining Art Gallery while you are there.


11. Vertellis Game donated by Vertellis

Vertellis, which means "tell us more" in Dutch, is designed to create a moment in which families and friends become closer by asking in-depth questions. Questions that make you reflect, cherish, and share the essential beautiful moments of life.


12. Two tickets for the Mining Art Gallery donated by The Auckland Project

The Mining Art Gallery shares the experience of life underground and life in the community through eyes of the people who lived it. Using powerful imagery, the gallery will help visitors to understand what it felt like to work in the claustrophobic coalmines and shed light on why some miners felt it necessary to paint this dark and clamorous world.


13. Goody Bag donated by Starbucks

For all coffee lovers -  a gift bag of treats from Starbucks. 


14. Grace Cole Gift Set

A large and luxurious Grace Cole pamper box containing all you need for a special night in at home.