What Christmas Means To Me #SlippersForShelter

Taking part in the Shelter #SlippersForShelter campaign and talking about a subject close to my heart! Words & pictures by Hayley...



Today’s post is something that is incredibly close to my heart, something that makes me realise how fortunate I am to have a roof over my head and a loving, healthy family. As to me, that’s what Christmas boils down to, yes the gifts are lovely, as are the decorations and food, but to me Christmas is about spending time with loved ones, sharing quality time and reminiscing on memories passed. Today I’ve partnered with Shelter to help them raise awareness this Christmas, I have a shocking (and saddening fact to share), that 120,000 children across the UK this Christmas will be homeless. In the midst of watching Elf, decorating your tree or treating yourself to a Christmas present, I just want you to stop for a minute and think about the statistic. It saddens me to the core that there are children without a home and family this Christmas, I truly believe that no-one should be along at Christmas and I will do whatever I can to help those in need!

Remember, even if you can only donate £2, or buy a homeless person a hot drink, or write the shelter a Christmas card, no matter what you can give, just recognise that the gift of giving is the greatest thing about Christmas at all. This year I have donated £30 to Shelter, and whilst I am not, and would’t ever preach for you to do the same, I would ask you to dig a little deeper and help whoever you can, however you can this Christmas. Shelter takes any size donation, and like I said, even £2 would make a difference, because all of those £2’s add up pretty quickly and before you know it you’ve helped home someone this Christmas! I’ve done a breakdown on what the Shelter’s suggested donations can buy them;

£5 - could help transport a family to somewhere safe to sleep tonight /£14 - could help us settle a child who’s been relocated into a new school / £30 - could help us answer three urgent calls to our helpline / £50 - could help us answer five urgent calls to our helpline / £80 - could pay for drop-in sessions that give six people the advice they need to keep their homes


My mum works at a homeless shelter and is forever telling me how fortunate we are to have a roof over our heads, some of the stories she tells me are so incredibly sad so I always try to help where possible and I would love you to take my hand, and join me in making a difference with Shelter this Christmas. Another way you can help, Shelter’s National Slipper for Shelter day is this Friday the 9th, so join me in wearing your slippers (remember to use the hashtag #SlippersForShelter) to help raise awareness for this wonderful cause, the dedicated staff and the incredible job they do each and every single day, not just at Christmas.
I’m also working on a Christmas charity campaign myself which I started up last year and will be sharing that with you all soon so stay tuned for that gal pals. But for now, let us help raise awareness for the incredible campaign, #SlippersForShelter. Also, I didn’t ever intend for this post to be a little sombre, even though the matter at hand is, I just wanted to club together with my favourite girls, to help raise awareness and try to make a difference this Christmas!
Let’s try to make someone’s Christmas shine a little brighter this year! 
Hayley xo

*Post in partnership with Shelter to raise awareness for #SlippersForShelter, all opinions and views are my own, as always. 


  1. bee 8th December 2016 / 8:43 am

    Wow, that fact is shocking and it makes me feel super sad! There’s nothing I would want more than to take in all these children and give them a Christmas to remember and also a family forever. I’m going to donate right now because it really breaks my heart!
    Bee xxx

    • Hayley 8th December 2016 / 9:27 am

      Thank you so, so much for your donation lady – it means to world! It broke my heart too, so sad to think of people without homes, especially children! x

    • Hayley 9th December 2016 / 8:12 am

      Thank you 🙂 x

    • Hayley 9th December 2016 / 8:12 am

      So lovely isn’t it! x

  2. Josie 10th December 2016 / 1:22 pm

    The thought of someone being lonely at any time of the year makes me feel incredibly sad but especially at Christmas! I really am so lucky to have a home and my loved ones. Shelter is such a important charity and I’ll definitely be making a donation x

    Sick Chick Chic

    • Hayley 11th December 2016 / 5:29 pm

      Definitely love, it really makes you appreciate everything so much more doesn’t it?! That’s so lovely to hear girl! <3 x

  3. Gabrielle 10th December 2016 / 3:21 pm

    What a lovely post – both with regard to imagery and the message you’re spreading! I always tend to donate more at this time of year, I suppose because there’s constant reminders at Christmas of what we have to be grateful for and how much kindness we can each afford to spread. I adore these cute little slippers by the way – very festive!! 😉


    • Hayley 11th December 2016 / 5:29 pm

      Completely agree lovely – such an important time to share kindness! Thank you love, they’re from Boden – I adore them! x

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