The poem has been written to raise awareness of Every Child Needs Christmas, a South West based initiative delivering gifts to children in need. The campaign is run entirely by volunteers and to date has given 23,000 gifts to children that would otherwise have nothing to open on Christmas Day.
If you would like to donate a £5 gift, please find details on the Every Child Needs Christmas Facebook page. Closing date 5 December 2018.
You can read the text of Vanessa’s poem below.
As December holds us in its frosty grip
We start giving and receiving gifts
Some love the rush and glitter of this special time
We spend too much money, drink too much mulled wine
Kids write long lists for Santa, pleading for the latest gadgets
Parents pay the price for this, rushing round the shops in panic
The pressure for a perfect Christmas is sometimes tough
We wonder if what we do, cook or buy will be enough
Some kids wake up to gift towers higher than their heads
Others wake up to no stocking on the end of their beds
Many families put hopes of a happy holiday aside
Austerity robs children of joy, their carers of pride
Those of us with plenty could spread some cheer
To more than just our own families this year
Not for the pull of pity or fleeting charity
But because it could so easily be you or me
To each other’s humanity we all bear witness
Remember that every child needs Christmas