Christmas special

January 30 2021

White curve
We had a very festive and busy Christmas time here at the Trust. It started with a bang when we launched our Christmas Raffle on 13th November

This was a huge hit and we saw an incredible response from our individual and corporate supporters and so, due to popular demand we are aiming to repeat it this year. The winners are listed below.

Positive mental health messaging was very important during the festive period. As we know, it can be a challenging time for many, so we released our Advent of Kindness calendars for adults and children to encourage them to pay attention to their mental wellbeing in a positive way. Alongside this, our Christmas cards were as popular as ever and many travelled outside the UK, helping people stay in touch with friends and family across the world. Our Christmas Wellbeing Tips were popular too and more than 450 people viewed them on our website.

But that’s not all! Our Best Dressed Christmas Tree competition produced some heart-warming images where families had come together to decorate their trees and to celebrate. The Charlie Waller team were all amazed by the creativity and beauty of the submitted entries.

Our annual Carol Service took a different shape this year and became fully virtual for the first time in the history of the Trust. Whilst this required a lot of planning and team effort, it turned out to be a huge success as supporters far and wide were able to tune in and watch it. We had fantastic readers including Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Damian Lewis, Jenna Coleman, Suki Waterhouse and Chris Tarrant. Our well known speaker Dick Moore delivered a heartfelt and passionate speech on behalf of the Trust.

We are very grateful to Bishop Michael Doe and Revd Brian Leathard as well as everyone at St Luke’s Church for helping make this event so special. The outstanding voices of Vox Cordis, conducted by Charlie Grace, made us all feel connected in these times of separation through classic Christmas Carols and it was made even more special by the added carols of Bradfield and Elstree choirs. We received countless messages from supporters afterwards who said that it gave them that special festive feeling despite it being a virtual Service.

Here are a few comments we received:

Thank you for all the effort that was put in to setting up the service and to those who played a part in it. We very much enjoyed the hour and, as strict ‘shielders’ – really appreciated the opportunity of being able to enjoy a carol service, virtually.
Thank you all for the most glorious Carol Service. We watched it yesterday evening on our veranda overlooking the Great Rift Valley as the sun was setting over Mount Longonot and it transported us to a feeling of Mental Wellbeing and Christmas Spirit. We had never heard the poem read by Chris Tarrant OBE before and loved it.

Want to help us provide much needed mental health education this year? Become a Friend of Charlie Waller with a regular donation

For those wanting to combat the Christmas indulgence, why not have fun connecting with a virtual team for #Fit4Feb during February? Get involved!

Raffle prize winners


G Dunbar

A case of Louis Latour Macon Lugny

R Jacob

Fresh lobster/crab - The Berwick Shellfish Co.

J Thomas-Everard

Case of Wine Wine 2014 Chateau Grézard

S Wallace

Laura Wallace print

D Keene

A Box of Trish Mcevoy beauty products 

K Hattrell

Emma Shipley Scented Candle

D Harris

Bollinger Special Cuve Brut NV Magnum

E Glasgow

Susie Watson cushion

R Kingsdown

Alderton Ham - The Country Victualler

S Stevens

Silk Scarf

J Ewin

Laura Wallace Table mats

J Nissen

Set 1 - Emma Louise Payne hand-made candle holders

W Christopher

Set 2 - Emma Louise Payne hand-made candle holders

G Shenkman

Set 3 - Emma Louise Payne hand-made candle holders

D Slye

Brass Blow Poke

F Hoare

John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners voucher - £50.00

J Lear

Large Christmas Box from ChalkStream Foods Ltd

W Hellyer

Christmas Cake

N Gray

Acres Farm Candlesticks and shades

C Bedford

Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut NV

S Rose

Christmas Pudding

P Cook

Nutri Bullet

P Antelme

Side of smoked Salmon - The Berwick Shellfish Co.

E Cohen

x1 Artichoke & x1 Aubergine tea towel

T Moore

Small Jewellery travel case

R Moore

Retractable hose + £10.00 Bloom & Wild voucher

N Phillips

Charlie Waller Golf Balls

M Barrow

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