UNITE Christmas appeal

Unite Christmas appeal 2021 gets underway

Unite members and branches are incredible. When times are hard, we dig deep to help those in need so as we approach Christmas, our union branches are again looking at how to support our local community. Last year, our Christmas appeal raised over £100,000, money that went to help foodbanks and grassroots organisations provide vital support to struggling people. It was a staggering demonstration of the generosity and solidarity of our members. This year will be extra-tough for a great many - families face rocketing energy and food bills, the Covid crisis continues, and the government's cut to Universal Credit has meant choosing between heating and eating is the stark reality for too many families. Launching our Christmas Appeal 2021, our general secretary hailed the fantastic work of our union to provide support where we can and challenge the very issues and political choices which cause the hardship: "Of course, we know that food banks and charity are not the solution to poverty. Under my leadership Unite will focus on winning jobs, pay and conditions to improve the lives of our members, their families and the communities they live in. And we will also call out the government out on its failures. "But our union can also offer immediate help to those hardest hit. Last year our Christmas appeal raised more than £100,000 which provided vital support to foodbanks and grass-roots charities across our nations. Solidarity is about looking after one another, which is why as a union we do not sit back while families struggle to feed their families or buy Christmas toys for their kids." To support the appeal, Unite branches are being asked to once again link up with Unite Community branches to work together on donations. The last word goes to Sharon: "Our union's branches and amazing members can make a real difference to so many this winter. To get into contact with your nearest Unite Community branch please email community@unitetheunion.org"

What your branch can do:

  • Make a financial donation to your local food bank
  • Start a collection at your workplace – find out from your food bank what is needed. As well as food, it could be toys, warm children’s coats and shoes for winter.
  • Ask your employer to match fund what Unite gives to support the appeal
  • Ask your members to donate individually to Unite’ Christmas Appeal

If you live in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland or Gibraltar, watch out for a letter or email from your local team on how you can help with the Unite Christmas Appeal where you live

To read more about our Christmas Appeal visit www.unitetheunion.org/unitechristmasappeal