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HVDV Christmas Appeal 2018

HVDV Reverse Advent Calendar 2018

HVDV are doing a little different this year, you can create a reverse advent calendar that you and your children or work place can put something into every day instead of taking something out. 

How a Reverse advent calendars work is by you filling them every day with items of food .That can be donated to an individual or families in order to help those less fortunate that are struggling at Christmas time. 

After gathering helpful items all month, you can take everything you’ve saved to HVDV Unit in Chippenham and know that you’ve given a Christmas present to someone or family that really needed it this Christmas. 

Not only is this a fun thing for the whole family to do together or work place, from creating the advent calendar structure itself to picking the goodies to go in it, it more importantly teaches your children the importance of helping others and seeing the bigger picture at Christmas.

Due to being able to deliver in time for Christmas all reverse calendar would need to be dropped off at the HVDV in Chippenham by Saturday 8th of December 2018.

if you would like more information please email us at

Have a great Christmas from all at HVDV

If your looking to give a food hamper this year here are some Ideas for your Hamper content .

* A bottle of wine

* Cracker biscuits

* Chocolates

* Christmas pudding

* Iced fruitcake

* Jam or Orange Marmalade

* Shortbread

*spiced biscuits

* Tinned vegetables





* Pasta sauce

*Lentils, beans and pulses

*Tinned meat

*Tea/coffee/Hot Chocolate

*Tinned fruit


*UHT milk

*Fruit juice and squash

Thank you to all who do one it is such a lovely gift to give this Christmas.

Due to food hygiene all food hampers and reverse advent calendar need to be dropped at the HVDV unit in Chippenham closing dater for these are Saturday 8th of December 2018.

Thank you to all who take the time to do a hamper or reverse advent calendar.

the families and individuals  these will go to will be so over whelmed by your caring and kindness this Christmas.

Welcome to this year Christmas Appeal 2018.

How you can help and support the Christmas Appeal 2018

Being a collection point.

If you own a business or know a business within Wiltshire that could be a drop off point for our  gift bag appeal this year we would love to hear from you. if you can be a drop off point or for more information Email:

Schools and Colleges

If you are a school/college and would like to put gift bags together within your schools / colleges we would also love to hear from you donating a gift bag this Christmas is a wonderful gift to give. and by doing this we also raises awareness of domestic Abuse. Email for more information.

Donating a gift or gift bag this Christmas is a wonderful gift to give and bring smiles back to the faces of these families.

Shoe boxes and gift bag Needed.

Baby 0-1 years Boy/Girl

Pre School 2-4 years Boy/Girl

Primary Ks1 5-8 years Boy/ Girl

Primary Ks2 9-11 years Boy/Girl

Secondary 12-16 years Male/Female

Older secondary 16-18 years Male/Female

Women's (Mum's)

Men's (Dad's)

When putting together gift bag please can you make sure that items are age and stage appropriate for child you are wishing your gift bag to be donated to. If you wish to put chocolate or sweets in please make sure none contain nuts due to nut allergies .

Closing date for gift bags this year is Monday 3rd of December 2018 at 4pm

HVDV Christmas Appeal 2018 Ideas of items you could put in your gift bag or a single gift.

Toy ideas

Dolls, teddies, toy trucks and cars, skipping rope, small puzzles and games, dressing up, role play items etc.

Art and craft.

Art and craft sets, painting sets, Pens, pencils, sharpeners, coloured pencils, felt pens or crayon, stamping set with ink pads, notebooks & paper, calculators, colouring & picture books etc.

Hygiene Items

Tooth brushes, Toothpaste, Soaps, Bubble bath, Shower gels, Shampoo and Conditioner, Bath fizzer, Flannels, Brushes, Combs and hair accessories etc.

Other gift items.

Hats, gloves, scarf, socks, Jewellery, nail polishes, cosmetics , cups , Dvd, candles and wrapped sweets and chocolate , manicure sets Ect...

there maybe items you think of which we have not have listed if so if your unsure please email . 

Items we are unable to take due to allergies are sweets that contain nuts and balloons.

Please makes sure all toys are age appropriate for child would you are gifting gift to and that toys and games are with CE label. 

Thank you for all for your kind support and thought that goes into making your gift bags and gifts which will restore their faith in mankind and make them feel they are not alone this Christmas and that people do care. Bring a smile to families who have fled Domestic Abuse.

Here are some comment from last years appeal 2017.

From outreach workers

*The first was the lady I gave the Christmas dinner to and she absolutely sobbed and said, “that is so amazing, we were just having a pasta bake” this left me welling up as well and also 1 of the older children. I also gave them sweets and presents from your appeal and they were extremely overwhelmed. She said, “It’s made us believe there is good to come for us”.

*The other lady I also gave a hamper to from your appeal. She said, “What is this for me?” When I said yes she said “no one has ever thought of me before, I don’t think I deserve it” she again was so grateful. I also gave her some biscuits which she immediately opened and made me a cuppa to go with it lol.

In both cases, these ladies had either struggled in life not just with the abuse but also financially. The simple act of giving a small gift and expecting nothing in return was amazing to them so thank you again for all your hard work.

*So here is my story... I fled to Wiltshire not knowing what to expect, with a few belongings and the clothes on our backs our journey began. 8 long months of being at refuge was tough I won’t lie I wanted to give up and go back but something inside said hold tight it will happen.. Low a behold October our dream had finally come true... Liz and her team worked solid for 2 days loading the van with everything we had on our wish list I was fortunate enough to do the basics but HVDV transformed an empty shell into a home for my children and myself. The team worked round the clock to put beds together and furniture into each room it was back breaking everyone was exhausted but it worth every bit of blood sweat and tears. My children and I were so overwhelmed by the kindness of these people who work so damm hard to make it happen for families to start over. Fresh start without them I do not know where I would be... few days before Christmas there was a knock at the door... Liz and Hvdv volunteers brought gifts for us all and even crackers to pull on Christmas day as soon as Liz left I cried and you know it showed people do care so thank you sincerely, we are all survivors xx

HVDV Collection points 2018


Waste not want not 

Hungerdown lane




Calne Town Council

Bank House

The Strand



SN11 0EN

Office Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday - 9am to 5pm

Friday - 9am to 4.30pm

Saturday and Sunday closed

01249 814000.


Kennet Furniture Refurbiz (kfr)

Unit 6B (5),

Hopton Park Industrial Estate,

London Road,


SN10 2EU

01380 720722

Opening Times:

Mon -Thursday   8:30am - 4:30pm

Friday  8:30am - 4pm


The Abbey Office
SN16 9BA


Trowbridge Town Hall

Civic Centre

St Stephens Place



BA14 8AH

(01225) 765072

Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

Saturday 9 -1pm.

Sunday Closed.


Stove Hunters

The French Barn,

Harepath Farm,



Mon- Fri 10am-4pm.



Swindon Children's Scrapstore

Unit 7, Bramble Close,

Tuesday- Friday 10am - 4pm

Saturday 10am - 2pm

01793 513982.


Cornmarket cafe 

4 Market place 


BA12 9BX

Monday to Saturday 

8am - 4pm


The Woollery

6 Warminster road


BA13  3PB

Tues 2pm-8pm

Wednesday 10.30am -2.30pm

Thurs,Fri and Saturday 10AM - 3PM


Ellendune Centre
Barrett Way,


01793 813307

drop off times

Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm