The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2023

Thank you to everyone who supported our Big Give Christmas Challenge. In just seven days we managed to exceed our £25,000 target, raising a grand total of £28,011 to fund emergency accommodation for young people who have nowhere else to go.

Seven days to double your donation through our emergency accommodation appeal

As we approach the festive season, our thoughts turn to the young people who will not have access to a safe or warm home at Christmas.

The youth homelessness crisis is getting worse. Every four minutes, another young person faces homelessness in the UK, and there are an estimated 135,800 young people who are currently homeless or at risk (Centrepoint). As the cost-of-living crisis continues, young vulnerable people are struggling to cover the costs of a tenancy alongside paying for the essentials like heating and food. 90% of low-income households on Universal Credit are going without essentials, and young people are hit the hardest as they qualify for the lowest allowance of support (Trussell Trust and Joseph Rowntree Foundation).

For young people who find themselves in crisis, whether they are facing a night on the streets or sleeping in an unsuitable place, it is crucial that they can access emergency accommodation. This gives them somewhere safe to sleep while they are supported to find a secure and sustainable home to move on to.

With youth homelessness on the rise, our charity partners are seeing more and more demand for their services. That is why this Christmas, we are hoping to raise £25,000 to deliver more emergency bedspaces for young people who find themselves without a safe place to call home. Can you help us?


Double your donation this Christmas

The Big Give Christmas Challenge runs for just seven days, from midday on 28 November until midday on 5 December. All donations made through the Big Give website during this seven-day period will be doubled (until we hit our £25,000 target). This means that your donation to our emergency accommodation appeal can achieve twice the impact.

How does the Christmas Challenge work?

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is an annual match funding campaign that offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled if they donate via the

We have secured a £12,500 pot of match funding, with the generous support of the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, BCLP (Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner), Trident Building Consultancy, TT Group and Knight Frank. But we can’t unlock this generous match funding without your support!

With each donation made via during the week of the campaign, a donation of an equal amount will be released. This means that we need to raise £12,500 of donations to unlock the full £12,500 in our match funding pot.

If we succeed, we’ll achieve our target of raising £25,000 to provide more young people with a safe and warm home at Christmas. Can you help us unlock the match funding?

The impact your donation will have

Our emergency accommodation appeal is raising much-needed funding for our Safe Places Grants Programme, which helps increase the provision of emergency overnight accommodation in the UK.

Your donation will help fund the creation of new bedspaces, hosted in the homes of individuals or families, to meet the growing demand for young people in need of emergency housing. These bedspaces will provide young people at risk of street homelessness with somewhere that is safe and secure, for a short period of time, while they are assessed, supported and referred to a longer-term housing solution. This will help young people feel safer, better connected, and more hopeful about their future.

Find out more

With your support this Christmas, we can give more young people like Daniel the support they need when facing a housing crisis, provided by remarkable charities like Depaul UK.

Daniel's story

Our Safe Places Grants Programme helped Daniel move from sleeping in a bus station, to a Nightstop bed (emergency overnight accommodation), to his own accommodation and now into full-time work.

Depaul UK

Depaul UK are one of the many remarkable charities that have accessed our Safe Places Grants Programme. They directly deliver eight Nightstop services and manage a network of 28 other Nightstop services.