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7 Ways We Can Help Others This Christmas

It’s so easy to get carried away at Christmas with all the shopping, family and festivities. The other side of it is that some people find this time of year the most challenging, in particular following the year we’ve had. I noticed that Deliveroo is providing free food deliveries for NHS workers and started researching ways we can support people locally and around the world this winter. It’s brilliant if you can make a monetary donation, but if this isn’t possible donations of stuff you don’t need any more or a couple of hours volunteering really goes a long way too.

Gifts For Local Children

Each year the Salvation Army Christmas Present Appeal benefits millions of children and young people who would not otherwise receive a Christmas gift. It’s a really simple way to give back locally. Find your nearest Salvation Army via their website and pop in any time before the appeal closes in mid-December. Recommendations on what to give include: teddies, baby clothes, educational games, colouring sets, books and puzzles, makeup and toiletries.

Shoe Box Gifts For Children Worldwide

No doubt we’re all familiar with the famous shoebox appeals! It’s such a simple way to have a positive impact on a child’s life. Encourage your children to think up little gifts (soft toys, crayons, school supplies) that they’d like to pack into the box. The boxes reach poor and disadvantaged children around the world, and in some cases, as with Children In Distress, there is an option to pack a box for an older person too. You may be able to organise sending a box through your child’s school or local church. Otherwise, here are a few online options: Samaritan’s Purse, FSCI, and Rotary Shoebox.

Clothes & Everyday Essentials For Families

Support local babies, children and families, by donating stuff you don’t need anymore — think cots, blankets, playmats, clothes the kids have grown out of — to a local charity like Little Village. This London-based charity also has a wish list from which you can contribute by buying nappies, toiletries, period products and more. While Little Village is London-based, there’s a helpful map on its website showing baby banks across the UK where you can donate items.

You might also like: 21 Christmas Gift Ideas For The Man Who’s Hard To Buy For

Free Food Deliveries For NHS Workers

Deliveroo is offering some phenomenal support this winter. The food delivery service is giving away 500,000 meals for free to NHS workers and those most in need. If you have a restaurant and would like to donate food, you’re able to do so by completing the Deliveroo form here. You can also support the NHS food deliveries with a monetary donation here or through the Deliveroo app.

Christmas Dinner For Homeless People

Nobody should be alone at Christmas and Crisis are working to bring homeless people support, friendship, food and a place to stay this season. You can help by donating money, volunteering or campaigning. There are options to volunteer nationwide, currently in Birmingham, Coventry, Newcastle and London. Otherwise, get involved by running your own sponsored event!

Support Charities Through Online Virtual Fairs

A highlight of the festive season is usually getting out and about supporting small businesses through Christmas markets and fairs, but sadly not this year! Instead, everything has moved online. The Rugby Portobello Trust Christmas Market (15-18 November 2020) raises funds for children, young people and families in North Kensington through stalls and a Silent Auction, and gives you a discount on top quality artisans, designers and brands. Other online fairs to check out are: The EEC Fair (in support of the ABF Soldiers’ Charity) and Thomas’s Online Fair (in support of Thomas’s Foundation).

Books For Vulnerable Children

With many people facing a difficult Christmas this year, you can help the BookTrust send book parcels to children who may not receive anything else this Christmas. The reading charity is asking for £10 donations to make this possible and support over 14,000 children. Books being sent out this year include The Gruffalo Sound Book, Elmer: A Classic Collection, Through the Animal Kingdom, Our Planet, Wild Lives and Guinness World Records 2021.

Beds For Young Homeless People

There are a record number of young people sleeping rough around the UK and winter is the time of year they’re most at risk. Homeless people’s charity Centrepoint works to turn people’s lives around by providing them with a warm place to stay, basic essentials, and counselling services. A donation of just £10 can really make a difference to someone’s life.

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See also:

22 Christmas Decorations To Get Your House Ready For The Big Day

A Lockdown Christmas? 18 Things To Keep Your Family Entertained This Season

23 Things To Treat Your Tween To This Christmas

Looking for something else? Take a peek in my directory for gift recommendations, services and small business support by clicking here.

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What To Do When You Are Ready To Work Again

Over the last few years, the conversation amongst my peers has moved from weaning and routines, to schools and clubs and now there is much talk on reentering the workplace.  No longer needed all day at home by a dependent and not sleep deprived from little Timmy waking up every two hours, we have some time to ourselves. Once we have done the morning coffees, lunched at The Ivy Chelsea and perfected our dinner party format (all tongue in cheek obviously…) many of us want to get our brain back into gear (perhaps earn a bit of money!) and go back to work.

But how?

How can we work in an enjoyable, flexible and rewarding job and be a visible hands on parent at the same time? Having been independent from a boss for so many years, who wants to work in a stiff inflexible office, with a manager who disapproves of you arriving a bit late so you can watch your youngest in their  nativity or leave early on a Friday to watch your oldest in their first sports match!

We want it all, but can we really have it all?

Anette Beelaerts van Blokland founded Mothers & Careers Ltd last year, for this very reason.

After having worked for more than 10 years in the City, she went on maternity leave to have her son, who is now 18 months. Anette discovered that it is difficult for new mothers to find useful and relevant information on how to juggle careers and family life when the time comes to go back to work.


Anette with her son


Mothers & Careers  is a job site and job board specialising in flexible full-time and part-time jobs for ambitious, career-driven women. It is open to anyone to search and apply for jobs, however the website is aimed at mothers who are struggling to juggle family life and careers.


Mothers & Careers


We would like to help mothers get the life-balance they are looking for, whether that is a full-time job with flexible working hours or location, a role working from home, a part-time job or a job share role. We are also trying to encourage women who are looking to get back to work after maternity leave or an extended career break to try a Returners Programme.

Our job seekers are ambitious, well-educated women with impressive career backgrounds in financial services, banking, management consulting, auditing, legal professions, creative industries and technology startups. They are looking for work that pays well, is challenging and interesting, in a work-environment that supports work-life balance and family life.

We also provide inspirational views and stories, news about maternity leave, flexible working regulation, your rights at work during pregnancy and anything else that is useful to pregnant women and new mothers.


They work with leading businesses and growing startups that value gender diversity and that have excellent work-life policies. The jobs they advertise are either full-time jobs with flexible hours or location (or working from home one or two days), or they are flexible part-time jobs, job share roles and anything in-between.


They currently promote flexible jobs from –

  • Deloitte
  • Boodle Hatfield
  • Skimlinks
  • UnderTheDoormat
  • YourActingCFO
  • Kin Learning

They have vacancies for –

  • Lawyers
  • Commercial consultants
  • IT engineers
  • Office managers
  • Merchant account managers
  • Accountants
  • Tax specialists
  • Compliance managers
  • HR directors
  • Surveyors
  • Teachers

The job vacancy list changes every month, and they get new employers signing up every month too so contact Anette to hear of the latest jobs that could suit you!

What a fantastic website!!


Anette’s Favourite

Restaurant : Giraffe on Holland Park Avenue. The service is fantastic, they don’t mind messy toddlers and the menu is just perfect for busy, hungry parents (and children). They also have great all-day opening hours, so you can go there for an early family dinner at 5pm.

Hotel : The Horn of Plenty in Tavistock, Devon. Our son was only 7 months old at the time,
but they were so helpful and kind. The rooms were large and with everything you needed. The place is surrounded by stunning country views, so peaceful and relaxing.

Shop : Lindex – a Swedish brand. They have really lovely baby clothes, affordable but very good quality. Their online shop also sells maternity wear.

Website : MyDomaine This American Lifestyle website sells everything from design, travel, food, to career advice and more.

Holiday destination : Hovden in Aust-Agder, Trysil and Geilo are in Norway are great family friendly ski resorts. La Baule in Brittany on the west coast of France for a lovely family summer holiday!

Parenting tip :

We have an active little toddler who wants to run around as much as possible, so we
try to make use of London’s parks. Our local favourite is Holland park, they have a great playground for Under 3’s.


Click here to Subscribe to Mothers and Careers newsletter and here to visit Mothers and Careers


The Ultimate Directory

I am very excited to share what I have been working on for the last few days – an ultimate Directory of products, places & services for all your needs in London.  It’s in its infancy at the moment, but wanted to give you a sneaky peak of what I have been up to!

My continued focus for The London Mummy is to give a platform to people who have set up on their own or own a small business. We all need to support eachothers endeavours!

I have set the Directory up as a tab on the main menu on the home page for quick reference.  There is also an option to read more about the person or service you are interested in by clicking on ‘Spotlight’ next to the name.

I would love any feedback and if you like it – please share it or forward this email on.  Any of YOUR recommendations would be great too. Please email me on xx


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Children’s Liberty Clothes : High Street Prices

Mamas and Papas have collaborated with Liberty to make a gorgeous collection for little ones, all at (the steeper end of) high street prices.  As I have mentioned before I love a bit of Liberty print, so I was delighted when I walked into Mamas and Papas this morning and saw this collection.  There is even a a bow tie/braces combo for the little guy!

Lots of their pieces are selling quickly, so go go go.

Liberty Wiltshire Floral Gilet £38


Liberty Wiltshire Pram Suit £55


Liberty Thorpe Mesh Dress £45


Liberty Wild Flower Pink Collared T Shirt £16


Liberty Wild Flower Floral Mesh Skirt £25


Liberty Wiltshire Four Piece Bow Tie, Shirt, Jeans and Braces Set £46