For over 40 years we’ve thrown open our doors on Christmas Day to the elderly and disabled who would otherwise be on their own. It’s a real celebration of community, activism and performance, and it shows the power we have as people to create positive social change for those around us.
The day is entirely volunteer-led and one thing we would like do this year is celebrate them. We work with a fantastic team of volunteers who act as drivers, cooks, entertainers, carers and waiters to make Christmas as special as possible for those who do not have family or support that can be with them during the holiday. For many, volunteering at Jacksons Lane has become as much of a tradition in their families as stockings, carols and cold turkey sandwiches on Boxing Day.
“I’ve met a lot of new people, heard some amazing stories and been part of an event that really does make a difference to the community. Guests come from all walks of life, with the connection that they would otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day, makes for a memorable and fun day.”
Both guests and volunteers return on Christmas Day year after year – and the combination is extraordinary.
We have an incredible array of talent on the day too, including Mo’s MC skills and the Highgate Choral Society, with an unmissable trio of sister’s tap dancing.
Plus the man himself, the one and only Santa Claus, makes an appearance. He delivers presents to every table, stopping to chat to each and every guest.
We rely on donations to make this wonderful event happen each year, raising thousands of pounds to make this vital work possible. It is only through the generosity of the community that we are able to do this, and we cannot say loudly enough what a hero every volunteer and every donor is to us.
“I would encourage anyone to volunteer, the event organisation is brilliant, the venue magical and the guests unique.”
Thank you to everyone who has made Christmas Day at Jacksons Lane possible since 1975. The impact you make for the people who rely on this service is the best Christmas present we could ask for.
It’s incredibly rewarding to be a part of the community effort and a privilege to talk to so many interesting elderly people who you would not get to meet otherwise. Roll on Christmas!