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Support Crisis this Christmas

Monday, November 13th, 2017

It’s quickly came upon us and as we sat shivering in our cars this morning it was a stark reminder of those that don’t have such luxuries.  Over recent years Cool Designs have supported the homeless charity, Crisis by acting as a drop off point for donations as well as arranging our own donations and collections for them.

Again this year we are offering the same and you can drop any donations in to a Cool Designs branch or give to any member of staff.  Our final day for collection is Monday 18th December and after that we will transport all items across to Crisis in Newcastle.


Support Crisis this Christmas
in your shopping today

This year Crisis at Christmas in Newcastle will welcome over 250 guests who are homeless, lonely or otherwise isolated to their Christmas Day and Boxing Day event.

Please help us by donating any items from the list below. Most of their guests will be men, please keep this in mind if you are donating. Most left over items will be donated to West End Food Bank, a local charitable organisation supporting people in food poverty.


A range of non-perishable products including suitable for diabetics, gluten free, vegan etc: 

  • Crisps and snacks
  • Nuts & Dried Fruit
  • Tinned / Cuppa soup
  • Baked Beans
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned fish / ham / chicken
  • Tins of fruit
  • Plain pasta / pasta and sauce sachets
  • Cereal / Energy bars
  • Healthy snacks
  • Biscuits
  • Chocolate / Boxes of chocolates
  • Soft drinks / Squash (plastic bottles / cartons)
  • Bovril / Hot chocolate / Coffee / Tea
  • Tomato / Brown Sauce
  • Nutella / Jam / Marmalade


A range suitable for different skin types (sensitive / dry etc.) but no aerosols or alcohol based products:

  • Roll on deodorant
  • Hand / Foot cream
  • Bars of soap
  • Sanitary products
  • Flannels
  • Shower gel
  • Toothbrush / Toothpaste
  • Face wash
  • Face / Hand wipes


Good quality pre-loved or new only:

  • Shoes / Trainers
  • New socks & Underwear
  • Coats / Fleeces
  • Jumpers
  • Tracksuit bottoms / Trousers / Leggings
  • T-Shirts / Sweatshirts
  • Hats / Gloves / Scarves

 Christmas gifts

Ideas include but are not limited to:

  • Wallets / Purses / Bum bags
  • Pans / plates, bowls and cups
  • Cooking spoons
  • Stationery: mini diaries / notebooks / pens
  • Fleecy blankets
  • Bath gift sets
  • Thermos flask / thermal mug
  • Hand warmers
  • Battery powered radios
  • Chocolates (including for diabetics)
  • Tins of Biscuits
  • Batteries
  • Watches
  • Torches / Wind up lighting
  • Backpack


Please also see Collection Guidance

  • Tea-towels
  • Strong black bin-bags
  • Tin foil / Cling Film / Sandwich bags

Crisis Christmas Event

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people. They are dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change.

Crisis Skylight, the award winning and accredited education, training and employment centres, offer practical and creative workshops in a supportive and inspiring environment together with formal learning opportunities that lead to qualifications and finding work.

This year, at Cool Designs Ltd we have again acted as a drop of point for people wanting to donate clothing and/or non-perishable goods.  We’ve had a fantastic response and would like to thank everyone for their contributions of all shapes and sizes.  We dropped the items in to Crisis Newcastle today.

Crisis NewcastleAlong with their other donations, they will be sorted and railed by staff and volunteers and then during the Crisis Christmas event they will be on display in a “shop” where members will be able to choose items of clothing.  Non perishable goods are then sorted in to small gift boxes and treated in the same manner and food stuffs are cooked and served during the event.

You can read more about their services at