December news for corporate partners

Welcome to our December newsletter. We hope you enjoyed a safe yet spectacular bonfire night and are feeling ready for a slightly different Christmas.


We know all the changes and uncertainty around Christmas 2020 can be difficult to deal with, not to mention worries around health, money and making sure children still enjoy a great day. Please do tell all your contacts, friends and colleagues that Children 1st Parentline is there for them. They can call free on 08000 28 22 33 from 9am to 9pm, or visit our webpages anytime.

Since our last blog post, we’re delighted to have welcomed a new member to our Partnerships & Philanthropy team. Molly Goyer Gorman joins Children 1st with many years of experience with children’s charities and of managing corporate partnerships. In just a few weeks, Molly has already shown herself to be enthusiastic, creative and caring and we look forward to introducing her to all of our wonderful partners in due course. 

Today’s blog post will look at our Christmas campaigns and share some ideas for bringing your teams together via virtual fundraising

  • #MyStarof2020
  • Virtual fundraising
  • Christmas with Children 1st

#MyStarof2020 – who’s been your star?

We're in a reflective mood for Christmas this year, looking back and saying thankyou to those who have helped us cope through 2020.

Whether it’s for the children and families we work with, or for our staff team themselves, relationships have been so important, so we want to celebrate the stars who have kept people going.

Teresa, a mum we work with in Edinburgh, nominated Children 1st support worker Jen as #MyStarof2020 after she helped Teresa and her boys through a Covid diagnosis and a very tough lockdown.

You can hear Teresa’s story here, learn more about our Christmas appeal and send a lovely bauble to your very own star by downloading our pdf.


Virtual fundraising – bring your team together

We’ve seen some fantastic examples of virtual fundraising from our corporate partners this year. A special mention must be made to Boyd Insurance, who have gone above and beyond with their virtual activities, using them as a great way to keep staff connected.

Accounts Supervisor, Katy Richardson, told us: “This year we tried to keep our office fundraising events as interactive and social as possible. Social interaction is something many of us are missing in these unprecedented times when most of us are home working.

"We’ve had virtual bingo and quizzes, we also have Scottish Tipple night coming up. Our Lockdown Lens camera competition was great as it allowed people to see what each other have been up to. This was good for staff morale and so we are going to have a Christmas Camera competition alongside our regular Christmas jumper day this year.  We also stuck to some of our regular events including a raffle (this year for Master of Malt vouchers), puzzle competitions (holiday anagrams this year) and my personal favourite our Strictly Sweepstake. Overall, I have been blown away by the generosity of our staff this year and the success of our events is down to their participation.”

With so many companies likely to have staff working from home right up until spring next year, and possibly continuing with combined or flexible working for the foreseeable, virtual fundraising could be a great way to bring your team together, as well as raising vital funds for Children 1st. We’re here to help if you’d like to discuss ideas, hints and tips for how to do this. Check out our virtual fundraising ideas and some inspiration about how you can fundraise at work.

Christmas with Children 1st

Our #12DoorsofChristmas campaign kicked off this week. We’ll be sharing clips from some of our fab corporate partners to celebrate the support they’ve given us this year, and to spread the word that Children 1st Parentline’s doors will be open each and every day over the Christmas break. Please do check out the clips and give them a little like and share. And if you’d like to be involved in next year’s campaign, get in touch!

As mentioned in our last blog post, we have taken a slightly different approach to Christmas giving this year and, rather than collecting and distributing presents, we are seeking support from partners to provide gift vouchers to the families we work with. This is based on our staff reporting back that giving parents flexibility and control would be very important this year. We’re hugely grateful to the partners who have joined us so far this year, smashing many of their targets already and making sure that children who have had such a tumultuous and traumatic year have a special Christmas to look forward to.



Thank you for your continued support. We hope these blog posts continue to be of interest for you and your teams. Please do share them with your networks and let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see in a future post.

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Take care and stay safe,

Team Children 1st