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AR26 Advent Calendar

We kick off our Christmas campaign on 29th November delivering 26 positive interventions concluding on Christmas Eve. To keep track, visit this page every day or follow our Christmas campaign journey via AR26 social media pages.

Merry Christmas from AR26!

Day 26

We are thrilled to be part funding parent beds in the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People Edinburgh in partnership with Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, supporting and keeping families together when it’s needed most.

Day 25

Day 25 shows appreciation to the amazing NHS staff that will be caring for young people spending time in hospital in Grampian, The Highlands and Tayside this Christmas in partnership with @archiegrampian @archiehighland @archietayside

Day 24

Day 24 and we are proud to be supporting @MsMissMrs1 with a cheque to support the young people and families they work with this Christmas #hopeforyouths

Day 23

Day 23 in partnership with @thesarwarfoundation - every child deserves a Christmas #toys #food #giving #caring

Day 22

Day 22 and our coaches delivered a fun filled festive coaching session with the young people involved in @radiantandbrighter #active #youths #community #engagement

Day 21

Door 21 - A donation to @brighteststar_1 supporting bereaved families this Christmas in memory of Jack Kennedy #family #memoriesforlife

Day 20

Door 20 is a football for all delivery with the young people involved in @thegkexperience along with a donation of £1,400 to fund essential Santa packs for 56 families they will support this Christmas #footballforall#families#festive#support

Day 19

"Thank you Andy for bringing many smiles to the wards with your virtual visit. The generous donation from AR26 will help to make time in hospital over Christmas a little easier for seriously ill children and their families.” Shona Cardle, Chief Executive Glasgow Children's Hospital

Day 18 - Inspire

Day 18 involved us donating to the Inspire respite centre in Ellon, to help fund entertainment and fun activities to entertain and engage the young people spending time at the centre this Christmas #support #hopeforyouths #engagement #memories

Day 17 - Night Before Christmas

Our team visited the Night Before Christmas Campaign’s North Pole workshop in Ayr to support this year’s present campaign by donating funding and helping Santa prepare the gifts #lifechanging #presents #christmas #community #engagement

Day 16 - Free Zoom Sessions

Today will see our third free zoom sessions take place, we look forward to seeing some children from Ayr join us today after coach Craig & Ronan volunteered with some charities there this morning.

Day 15 - Edinburgh Food Projects

Day 15 saw us visit community food projects across Edinburgh alongside Hearts legend Gary Locke, to donate vital funding to support young people and their families requiring essential support this Christmas. #community #care #christmas #kindness

Day 14 - Royston Youth Action Group

Day 14 saw our AR26 coaches delivering a football for all session with young people from the Royston Youth Action group ⚽

Day 13 - The Star Project

Door 13 involved us visiting the Bluebird Family Centre to present a cheque to the Chairman of Children in Poverty Inverclyde to support the tremendous work they are doing for young people and their families this Christmas #festive #fun #community #engagement

Day 12 - The Star Project

Ronald McDonald House provide amazing support to families at a time when they need it most. We were honoured to present them with a cheque to provide 31 of their families with an M&S voucher for some festive treats, hopefully, bringing a smile to their faces at a very challenging time #lifechanging #support #familytime #christmas

Day 11 - The Star Project

Supporting the Star Project’s Healthy, Wealthy and Wise festive initiative. Providing fun festive recipes, cooking videos and resources for young people and their families at Christmas #community #engagement #families

Day 10 - Perth & Kinross Foodbank Donation

St Johnstone FC Player and friend of AR26, Liam Gordon, recognises the vital work of Perth and Kinross Foodbank and presents them with a cheque of £1,000 on our behalf to help support young people and their families this Christmas. #Hopeforyouths #Lifechanging

Day 9 - Free Zoom Sessions

For day nine we have the second of our free zoom sessions that will be running for three more Mondays, these are suitable for children aged 5-15 and you can contact to book a place for you or your child.

Day 8 - Dundee Foodbank

Our good friend Lorraine Kelly was delighted to present a donation to Dundee Foodbank on behalf of AR26 Charity to support their vital work providing essential resources to young people and their families this Christmas Christmas tree

Day 7 - Clyde 1's Cash for Kids

We're supporting the Clyde 1 Cash for Kids Mission Christmas Appeal and assisting the team raise vital funds for the young people they support via the Super Scoreboard live auction today #hopeforyouths #lifechanging

Day 6 - Launch Foods

It was a pleasure to see the wonderful work of Launch Foods in action and AR26 is delighted to support their innovative and vital food service in day six of our Advent Calendar Campaign 🎄 #hopeforyouths

Day 5 - Pace Exchange Theatre

As Pantomime season would be upon us, we are thrilled to be sponsoring two seats in the new Exchange Theatre, Paisley. The theatre will be a hub of positive activity for young people and their families leaving a lasting legacy #lifechanging #hopeforyouths -

Day 4 - Supporting Back to SchoolBank East Renfrewshire

We are delighted to be supporting the Back to SchoolBank East Renfrewshire Winter Warmer Campaign as day four of our Advent Calendar. Equipping young people with the essentials to attend school

Day 3 - Festive Fun for Brave Young Zac

Moments that last minutes, memories that last a lifetime. Festive fun for our young friend Zac to recognise his outstanding bravery. 💙

Day 2 - AR26 Academy Free Zoom Sessions

For the next 4 Mondays we will be offering free football zoom sessions for 5-15 year olds! Full details can be found in the below video and poster and you can secure a spot for you or your child by contacting coach Craig at

Day 1 - Calum's Cabin

We are delighted to kick off our Advent Calendar Campaign with a donation to Calum's Cabin that will allow two families with a child suffering from cancer or a cancer related disease visit Calum's Cabin and spend quality family time together and create memories.


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