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Not your average community

We launched our Not Your Average Community campaign in November, inviting charities and community groups across the UK the chance to enter to win £1,000 to spend on Christmas trees, lights and decorations to brighten up their local areas for the festive season.  


Dobbies team members provided expertise and advice on which decorations would work for their space and the winners also had the chance to enjoy Christmas Afternoon Tea.  


Thank you to everyone who entered, we enjoyed reading through all your entries. Please find our winners below:

One Step at a Time - Sutton 

A small charity supporting families of children with special needs. They arrange accessible outings and coffee mornings for parents providing emotional support and somewhere to turn to in times of need. They are fully self-funded and used the prize to decorate their hall for Christmas with trees and lights. 

Ciaran’s House - Edinburgh 

A house offering free accommodation to families whose children are receiving cancer treatment in the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People. Parents and siblings can stay opposite the hospital for as long as they need. They wanted to make the house as festive as possible with trees, lights, wreaths and decorations for families to use in their rooms. 

St Leonard's Daycare - Huntingdon  

A charity-run day care, holiday and after school club for children aged 2 to 11. This rural village group rely heavily on donations. They wanted to spread some Christmas cheer to all their families and the wider community, with a new tree and indoor and outdoor decorations. 

A huge thank you to all the groups that entered. Please email chloe.bell@dobbies.com if you would like to be added to our database for future community projects.