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Tackling Festive Loneliness as a Community - Giving Back 2020

Updated: Mar 16, 2021

It’s not just Santa that can give a festive gift to someone who really needs it... Norwich may be the City of Stories, but it is also a city of givers.

In 2019 over 20 local companies offered their time and services free of charge, to put on an amazing free event including a 3 course Christmas meal, free gifts and entertainment for 20 elderly people from Norwich. In 2020 we have to adapt and comply with covid regulations to make sure we run the event in a safe way but whilst still spreading some Christmas cheer to our local community.

In December 2020 we supported two charities

1. Age Uk Norwich. By organizing a gift drive where Norwich Residents and Jorge's customers and friends purchased gifts for the elderly & Falcon Junior School and Sparhawk Primary School made Christmas cards. Age UK Norwich support the over 50's in Norwich by providing advice, social events & assist with at-home support. Learn More about Age UK Norwich.

2. The Benjamin Foundation: We made gift hampers packed with treats for young people across Norfolk. They give hope, opportunity, stability and independence to children, young people and families experiencing challenges in Norfolk and Suffolk. Learn more about The Benjamin Foundation.

We are incredibly grateful to the many companies that sponsored this event and for the generous support of local people, businesses and Jorge's customers and friends for donating especially in such a short time frame. We could not have done this without your help and we are incredibly grateful!

We were able to gift:

  • 55 gift bags filled with festive treats for young people supported by @The Benjamin Foundation across Norfolk

  • 40 Gift bags filled with winter warmer treats for 20 elderly people in Norwich supported by @Age UK Norwich

We could not have achieved this without your generosity and support, thank you to everyone that donated, shared a post of told some about this project to spread the word! From the bottom of our hearts Thank you!

Read some testimonials about how this project impacted those supported by The Benjamin Foundation & Age UK Norwich.

Watch the video!

We couldn't have done this event without the help of our neighbours at Pivotal! They received delivery of all the Amazon packages, and believe us there were a lot! They also stored everything for both charities and without their help, this event would not have been possible!

Here are some photos!

You may also be interested in reading about our other Giving Back events & projects

Read about our current Giving Back project: Click Here

Read the story of one of my best friends, Del: Click here

Read more about Giving Back Christmas 2019: Click Here

Thank you for your support, if you have any questions or would like to get involved please call Eleanor on 0780 644 1856 or email

​Kind regards,

​Jorge & Eleanor

Many thanks to our sponsors and the many generous locals that donated to these two charities! You are the best! We would like to say a special thank you to Rachel Whittaker for helping us spread the word, getting donations and sponsors. Thanks to Chris from Life Advice Norfolk for your logistical support for the 2nd year running you are an absolute star! Cherri from Gt Yarmouth Tesco for your massive gift donation for The Benjamin Foundation and the 2nd year you have supported our Giving Back event.


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