Christmas Prize Fund Goes To Crisis Charity

Posted on: November 14th, 2012 by Jason 78 Comments

By now we’d hoped to have had our Christmas Competition, a replacement for our usual advent prize draw, in place and up and running. Unfortunately time and a nice bout of flu has taken it’s toll on the Loquax Team and as you’ve noticed there’s no Christmas giveaway – and we’re sorry to say that there won’t be one.

However, we have been very reflective and instead we have decided that we’d like to do something a little bit different.

So we’ve taken the advent/Christmas prize fund and decided to donate the money to what we think is a worthy cause. We looked at a number of options and decided to pick a UK charity and one that will be helping people at Christmas and beyond. Therefore we have donated the sum of £512 to the Christmas Appeal for the charity, Crisis.

The money will pay for 25 people to have a place at Crisis at Christmas. That’s 25 homeless people who will be given a chance to “shower, freshen up and get clean clothes” as well as have “hot meals, including Christmas dinner”. They’ll also be given help with “housing, gaining skills and finding work”. Compare that to 25 small prizes for an advent prize draw and hopefully you’ll understand why we’ve decided to take this route.

During the year we all have access to 100s and 1000s of chances to win lovely prizes so a few less in the prize pot during December won’t change that. It will, however, mean that folk who don’t have a place to live or struggle to survive day to day can get support on what can be a very lonely day. We think on reflection that it’s a good decision.

We know some of you may prefer that we ran a Christmas competition or did our usual Advent Prize Draws, but we hope the majority of people support us for this decision. You can see the donation made by Kirsty Darbyshire via the Crisis At Christmas Site. If you’re able to why not add your own donation?

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  1. MountainAsh says:

    The Christmas prize fund to Crisis is a wonderful idea! I would like to see this happen every year. Well done for such a fabulous idea!

  2. cadmus666 says:

    Great idea!

  3. pinksilver says:

    It may be fun to enter comps to win little prizes especially at Christmas time but this really nice decision by the Loquax Team shows true Christmas Spirit. I for one would like to congratulate the team on this decision and for reminding us what Christmas is all about. Thanks

  4. labazs says:

    What a wonderful idea like a lot of folk i like to help charities not just at christmas but all year round so this gets my thumbs up well done loquax a winner all round!

  5. sunshine71 says:

    I think its a wonderful idea, we may win some amazing prizes or small things that help us, but for most its an enjoyable hobby, I think this is brilliant and will mean so much to those less fortunate, most of us take for granted that we have a bed and a warm home, times may not be easy, but we have more than we realise and for the homeless, they often get stuck in the catch 22 situation, no chance of changing there circumstances unless they are given a little helping hand like Crisis do, I think its a brilliant idea Well Done the Loquax team & may it may make everyone reflect on what we do have not what we don’t x

  6. diana says:

    a very good idea.
    Jason and Kirsty thank you for picking such a good cause to support.
    i hope everyone has a good christmas and by supporting this you are ensuring that people that wouldn’t will at least now get some chance of cheer.

    happy christmas to all on loquax.

  7. cravilious says:

    Beautiful idea, what Christmas is all about.

  8. elainelane says:

    25 homeless people being given things that they really need is far more worthwhile than 25 compers winning an extra prize. Great decision J&K.

  9. morrices says:

    Great idea – far more in keeping with the real spirit of Christmas. Well done!

  10. bristolgirl says:

    Excellent idea – exactly the spirit of Christmas. And a very worthwhile charity.

  11. QED says:

    That’s an excellent idea. Thank you, Jason and Kirsty.

  12. val2238 says:

    A great idea – 25 people will have a better Christmas than they could have dreamed of! Well done J & K!

  13. broomhilda says:

    The Christmas spirit is alive and well at Loquax… Great decision! :)

  14. susanemily says:

    That’s great and a very good cause. Well done Kirsty and Jason x

  15. fluffywhite says:

    Fabulous and wonderful decision! :D

  16. mabelicious says:

    Lovely Idea , Thank you x

  17. Starbuck says:

    I always think about people who are without at Christmas. This is a wonderful idea, Jason.

  18. Tanyar says:

    Really good decision – I support this Charity every year and know several people that volunteer every Christmas – not only do they provide shelter and food but also a sense of worth to the individuals attending.

  19. c2lass says:

    Agree with everything that has been said above. Lovely idea.

  20. dpfoib says:

    Great idea, good decision.

  21. Footpather says:

    Winning a mug is nice but giving a person a day’s comfort and joy (and possibly a step up in life) x 25 has to be what Christmas is really about. Thanks for such a good idea Jason and Kirsty.

  22. DDB280801 says:

    Great decision!

  23. littleanne says:

    Fantastic Idea I try to give especially at Christmas and knowing that 25 people will benefit is brilliant well done


  24. jayanna says:

    I love the choice of charity and it’s a brilliant alternative to a Loquax Christmas giveaway.

    Hope the flu has all cleared up too.

  25. leesac says:

    Fantastic idea! Brilliant cause!
    Nice one Jason & Kirsty x

  26. lorrdevl says:

    thats a lovely idea,

  27. libra100 says:

    A great idea.

    Glad to see that the money will go to a UK charity, and one that does so much good. Crisis does such amazing work.

  28. LynnGay says:

    fantastic idea

  29. janewendy says:

    That’s such a lovely idea, thank you.

  30. DarthPenguin says:

    Lovely thing to do Jason & Kirsty, and thank you on behalf of those 25 people who will have it a bit better thanks to you :)

  31. felixbelix says:

    Since there was a report yesterday that charities are struggling and need is up for help due to the recession it seems like a good move.

  32. Demonica says:

    Fantastic. What a lovely thing to do. You’ll definitely be on Santa’s ‘Nice’ list now!

  33. carolesul says:

    Well done what a great idea.

  34. julsey says:

    Great idea.

    This is what Christmas is all about. I’ve always hated it that for some Christmas is so miserable and with this gift 25 people can enjoy some of the comfort we all need at this time.

  35. mandy101 says:

    So nice to think that these poor people will have some kind of Christmas cheer, does’nt bare thinking about how many homeless people will be on the streets at Christmas (and the rest of the year) Well done Loquax!!!!!!

  36. Gorand says:

    That’s so nice and thoughtful.We just take things for granted,yet these poor people have nothing.
    Merry Christmas to all

  37. ch56 says:

    Great idea, nice to know that a worthy charity is benefiting and they can help 25 people.No doubt there will be plenty more advents for us to enter.if we have the time.

  38. part-time comper says:

    great idea.

  39. ronnieg says:

    Great. True spirit of Christmas.

  40. Laine21 says:

    What a fantastic idea! Well done on picking one of the most worthwhile charities around. those places will be very much appreciated.

  41. sallymsmith says:

    Excellent idea! Fully support it – there are loads of other advent comps, we couldn’t possibly enter them all anyway!

  42. daisybooh says:

    great idea well thought out

  43. mogarry says:

    Wonderful idea to donate to this particular charity,well thought out Jason and Kirsty

  44. lucky281159 says:

    Im in agreement with the others. What a lovely thing to do, and Im am sure the 25 people are much more in need of a shower and a hot dinner than we are another prize. Always fancied going and helping out in a homeless place for Christmas.

  45. dynamicdragon75 says:

    Thank you for being so generous – that’s a lovely thing to do

  46. avwalker says:

    Good decision.

  47. athenajm says:

    Great idea, well done both.x.x

  48. sheena444 says:

    That’s a great idea, maybe you could carry on with it in future as well. There are no shortage of advents for us to enter- but this will make a real difference to the people who are helped.

  49. paperbackbutterfly says:

    It would be awful to be homeless. Especially at Christmas. I’m very glad you decided to do this. xx

  50. anne789 says:

    Brilliant idea!

  51. Nan64 says:

    Totally support your decision. I think that’s a great idea. It will make a big difference to a lot of people . Thank you for thinking of this.

    Best wishes

  52. Emmaross says:

    Full support from me. I wonder if it’s feasible next year to sell Loquax mugs as a fundraiser in aid of Crisis with the profits going to the charity?

  53. zolakins says:

    Lovely idea and a great charity to donate to.

  54. scrapaddict says:

    Brilliant idea Jason and Kirsty.
    Great to feel part of it as a Loquax member

  55. alabama99 says:

    Great idea :)

  56. kevinwj says:

    Well done, good idea.


  57. cromby3 says:

    What a great idea. Well done!

  58. toddytwo says:

    Love that idea ,thank you

  59. suroben says:

    Good idea.

  60. ktmorgan3 says:

    What a great idea – the money will make a real difference to people who need it. Thank you.

  61. emb says:

    What a lovely idea. After all the fun and 3 prizes I have enjoyed over the past year I will be sending them a donation to add to your pot. Thank you.

  62. erinyslondon says:

    Well done !

  63. sheber says:

    Fantastic idea. Much as I like to enter comps and hopefully win it would be great if other firms etc followed your example.

  64. cheryl1979 says:

    Great Idea x

  65. starlily106 says:

    excellent idea. i do worry about homeless people all the time, but especially at christmas.

  66. poshpink says:

    Brilliant idea – you have my full support – perhaps this could become a tradition – its good to help other people less fortunate than yourself, particularly at Christmas.

  67. Marcinoo says:

    Well done perfect idea:)

  68. jaycee49 says:

    That’s a great idea, lets spread a bit of love at this special time, and show what Christmas IS all about. p.s, get well soon guys

  69. skerts says:

    Well done guys. A wonderful decision. x

  70. gwendipops says:

    As much as I love the advent and Christmas comps, I think this is a wonderful idea. More companies should do the same.

  71. enzina says:

    Great idea! I’ll be volunteering for Crisis this Christmas again.

  72. grandmajess says:

    great idea, is it possible that we could donate through loquax?. i only ask, because every time i donate to someting either on line or by post, i am inundated by begging letters, that just make me angry and i send no more to that charity. i wonder if they know how much of a turn off it is? i appreciate all the work you put in, and do not wish to add to your burden

  73. Carriecakes says:

    Wonderful idea! Love it. xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  74. redrose says:

    What a great idea…….. thank you

  75. tracymac41 says:

    fantastic, behind you all the way xx

  76. twirp says:

    Wonderful, the real spirit of Christmas x

  77. turnersbabe says:

    Fab idea.

  78. angel316 says:

    Brilliant idea and such a worthy cause too :-)