Octavia Foundation: Christmas Campaign raises record amount
The Octavia Foundation’s 2023 Christmas Campaign was the most successful ever, exceeding its £10,000 fundraising target.
“The festive period can be a lonely time for some of the people we work with,” said Suna Ramadan, Fundraising Manager. “Many of them live alone so this campaign is very important for us to help make sure they don’t feel isolated.”
As always, the funds raised were used to support older and vulnerable people over the winter. That included the cost of hosting befriending sessions - our befriending service offers vital emotional support to vulnerable or isolated adults aged 50 or above. Each person is carefully matched with a volunteer befriender who visits every week for at least six months.
The money raised also paid for gifts, festive food, and Christmas events. The events included eight Christmas parties held throughout December across our communities in west London.
Feedback on the events was very positive, with people commenting:
“There was a lovely atmosphere at the party and it was a great chance to meet new people.”
“Octavia made a lot of people happy. They make a huge difference.”
“Get togethers organised by Octavia are always lovely. It was very nice to be with staff and friends.”
“I’m very grateful to Octavia for bringing me a lovely circle of friends all year round.”
“Because of my disability, it can be difficult to get out. So, the chance to leave my house and meet new people brings me happiness.”
This year’s fundraising target was smashed thanks to the efforts of supporters, colleagues, and our volunteers.
“We are delighted with the outcome of this year’s campaign,” said Suna Ramadan, Fundraising Manager. “I would like to thank everyone for all their efforts. Without them, hundreds of our older and vulnerable residents would have experienced a very different festive period.”