CFHD spreads Christmas cheer with the 2023 Christmas Hamper Project

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in Charity, News on 3rd November, 2023

Gifts included in the hamper. Including chocolates, shower gel, colouring pencils, and moreJade Simmons, Clinical Team Manager for Children in Care and Care Experienced Adults, and one of the project's champions, explained: “Back in 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our group started a very small project to provide children in our care, aged 16 years plus, and care experienced young adults across Devon, with a festive Christmas hamper. In the first year, we gifted 100 hampers, and this number increased to 250 by the third year… this year, we are aiming for 300!"

The Christmas Hamper Project has grown exponentially over the years due to its overwhelming success. Now in its fourth year of fundraising, the project is fortunate to receive support from colleagues in Devon and Torbay's social care departments, as well as invaluable support from the Exeter Food Bank, various charity organisations, and generous individuals who contribute to the cause. A dedicated team of volunteers pack and deliver these heart-warming hampers to young people and adults across Devon, even reaching those residing outside the local area.

The importance of this project cannot be overstated, as there are over 500 care leavers in Torbay and Devon alone, each with their unique set of challenges and circumstances. These young adults include parents, individuals in emergency accommodations, unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people, those at risk of isolation, and young people residing in 16+ accommodation.

If you are looking for a way to make a meaningful difference during the festive season, you can support the appeal via JustGiving. Your contributions will be used to purchase gifts that will bring joy and comfort to those receiving the hampers.

Each hamper is thoughtfully curated to support both the physical and emotional wellbeing of the recipients. It is an extension of the healthcare professionals' roles, symbolizing kindness and care, and a reminder that each individual is held in mind. The hampers include a variety of items such as food treats, a warm hat, a large blanket or towel, a mug with hot chocolate sachets, a pack of cards, a toiletry gift set, sensory putty, and a water bottle.

The impact of this initiative goes far beyond the physical gifts; it is a testament to the power of community and compassion. Jade and her team express their gratitude in anticipation of your support, as it is your generosity that helps light up the holiday season for these young adults, reminding them that they are cared for and not alone.

With each hamper, a message of care is delivered to those who need it the most.

For further details on this extraordinary project, do not hesitate to contact Daniel Robson, Head of Charity Fundraising at the DPT Charity, via email at