Give a Gift Southampton start their annual fundraising events early this year with a 24 HOUR CHARITY BROADCAST on Southampton’s Voice FM this week.
Starting at 10am on Thursday 10th November and finishing at 10am the following morning,the broadcast promises to be full of festive fun, special guests, giveaways, games and live performances.
Give a Gift Southampton is a registered CIC run by volunteers who all have a personal connection to Southampton General Hospital. Set up roughly 9 years ago, the team uses music and festive events to collect Christmas gifts for children who are unable to be at home on Christmas Day and are instead spending it on the wards.
Jodie and Paul Brough have been at the helm of the company since its inception. 43-year-old disabled music publicist Jodie was born with Spina Bifida and spent a large portion of her teenage years in and out of the hospital, undergoing multiple surgeries to improve her mobility. Paul, 38, suffered with persistent problems with his intestine as a child and underwent several emergency procedures to correct that. The married couple head up a small team of incredible volunteers who help run and organise events, wrap the many gifts that are collected and deliver the presents on Christmas Morning.
The team is the only organisation who visits the hospital on Christmas morning.
This week’s broadcast is the first of 3 events that the team is running this year and are supported by Voice FM, Kaisen Tattoo Studio, Snows Toyota and Crazy Pug Music.
You can support Give a Gift at their Alternative Christmas gig at The Hobbit on 26th November, with performances starting at 3pm from Dissonants, Everyone Lies, Acid Claw, Ethel, The Graveyard Bookies, Charlie Smith, Mark IV and more TBA or you can visit them at their Festive Family Funday at the Strawberry Field Tavern Locks Heath on 10th December from midday with festive fun, Santa and the Christmas Fairy and live music from Mike Vaughan, Emotive Concept, Ben Poore, Louise Parker, Becoming Branches, Ben Selleck and more.
Both events are FREE ENTRY all you need to do is bring a gift for a child in hospital this Christmas.
Find out more about all the events and what you can donate by following @giveagiftsoton on all social platforms or by visiting the website www.giveagiftsouthampton.com where you are also able to book personalised Santa video messages, phone calls and even Christmas Eve visits.
If you are a local business who would like to get involved either by collecting some gifts, making a donation or providing a raffle prize for either of our events please get in touch with the team at [email protected]
You can also donate through their gofundme here > https://gofund.me/3dac2135 or through the text to donate Text GIVEAGIFT followed by your donation amount to 70560 to give that amount.
Texts will cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message, and you’ll be opting into hearing more from us. If you would like to donate but don’t wish to hear more from us, please text GIVEAGIFTNOINFO instead.