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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  • MountainAsh

    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!

  • cadmus666

    Great idea!

  • pinksilver

    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

  • labazs

    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!

  • sunshine71

    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

  • diana

    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.

  • cravilious

    Beautiful idea, what Christmas is all about.

  • elainelane

    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.

  • morrices

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

  • bristolgirl

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

  • QED

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

  • val2238

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

  • broomhilda

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

  • susanemily

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

  • fluffywhite

    Fabulous and wonderful decision! 😀

  • mabelicious

    Lovely Idea , Thank you x

  • Starbuck

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

  • Tanyar

    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.

  • c2lass

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

  • dpfoib

    Great idea, good decision.

  • Footpather

    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.

  • DDB280801

    Great decision!

  • littleanne

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


  • jayanna

    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.

  • leesac

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

  • lorrdevl

    thats a lovely idea,

  • libra100

    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.

  • LynnGay

    fantastic idea

  • janewendy

    That’s such a lovely idea, thank you.

  • DarthPenguin

    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 🙂

  • felixbelix

    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.

  • Demonica

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

  • carolesul

    Well done what a great idea.

  • julsey

    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.

  • mandy101

    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!!!!!!

  • Gorand

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

  • ch56

    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.

  • part-time comper

    great idea.

  • ronnieg

    Great. True spirit of Christmas.

  • Laine21

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

  • sallymsmith

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

  • daisybooh

    great idea well thought out

  • mogarry

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

  • lucky281159

    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.

  • dynamicdragon75

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

  • avwalker

    Good decision.

  • athenajm

    Great idea, well done both.x.x

  • sheena444

    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.

  • paperbackbutterfly

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

  • anne789

    Brilliant idea!

  • Nan64

    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

  • Emmaross

    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?

  • zolakins

    Lovely idea and a great charity to donate to.

  • scrapaddict

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

  • alabama99

    Great idea 🙂

  • kevinwj

    Well done, good idea.


  • cromby3

    What a great idea. Well done!

  • toddytwo

    Love that idea ,thank you

  • suroben

    Good idea.

  • ktmorgan3

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

  • emb

    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.

  • erinyslondon

    Well done !

  • sheber

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

  • cheryl1979

    Great Idea x

  • starlily106

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

  • poshpink

    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.

  • Marcinoo

    Well done perfect idea:)

  • jaycee49

    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

  • skerts

    Well done guys. A wonderful decision. x

  • gwendipops

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

  • enzina

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

  • grandmajess

    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

  • Carriecakes

    Wonderful idea! Love it. xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • redrose

    What a great idea…….. thank you

  • tracymac41

    fantastic, behind you all the way xx

  • twirp

    Wonderful, the real spirit of Christmas x

  • turnersbabe

    Fab idea.

  • angel316

    Brilliant idea and such a worthy cause too 🙂