Welcome to the Christmas Sparkle Project


The Christmas Sparkle Project is run by the community for the community. We work with local charities who support families in need.


We aim to give a Christmas gift to every child aged 0-18 years living in difficult circumstances in the Taunton and Wellington community.


We want to make every child's Christmas Sparkle.

Breaking News

The 2022 Christmas Sparkle Project is complete.

Here are the stats for this year:
2,153 children and young people received gifts from Christmas Sparkle this year. This represents a 45% increase on last year’s figures.
Each package contained several gifts - around 8,000 individual items went out.
Thanks to the generosity of you all, we were able to send a gift for every request we received.
Several schools that have never asked for gifts over the past eight years put in requests this Christmas.
When you wake up on Christmas morning, imagine that child excitedly opening your gift or the gift you wrapped so beautifully - you have truly made Christmas special for children and families struggling this year.
I don’t have enough words to express my admiration for you all - thank you and Merry Christmas you lovely people.  Gill


A lovely message we have just received:


"My little boys face lit up yesterday after he picked up his present from school. He's had a tough few years and your present has lifted his spirt and given him a sign of how our communities look after those who are vulnerable. I wish you all a truly peaceful and happy Christmas and thank you all from the bottom of are hearts for your love and support this Christmas."

We now have a

Just Giving page


If you would like to donate to our project to help us buy gifts please click on the link above.



The fourth, and final,  wrapping event of the 2022 Christmas Sparkle campaign was mega! Over 40 volunteers turned-up and they worked non-stop for over three hours to get the last of this years' gifts wrapped and ready to deliver.  
Our amazing My Day team of helpers  have emptied the collection boxes in Taunton and Wellington  and  will be delivering the remaining gifts this week.
Please keep an eye on this site, or sign up to our Facebook page, for all the latest news.
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Thank you for the amazing efforts of everyone on the team.
The 2022 Christmas Sparkle project has been the biggest ever.
The Christmas Sparkle Team
To all our supporters, this is why your help matters:
Your gifts mean so much - this is feedback from a parent last week:
"Thank you so much. That is so kind and amazing of you all. I’ve managed to source some second hand bits for Xmas so far, this will take the pressure off me massively. Thank you so much. We are all a bit stressed, having some presents under the tree will give us all something to smile about."



For more images from the 2022 Christmas Sparkle Project, please click here.

The Team

We have been very fortunate in getting great coverage on both the BBC and ITV, as well as several radio interviews.

Gill Harrison:


Founder of Christmas Sparkle Project

We have had some amazingly generous financial donations which have enabled the team to buy gifts when we have been short of ones for particular age groups.


Thank you Summerfield


Many thanks to James Holyday and Zoe, of Summerfield, who have again provided premises

in Victoria House, Taunton TA1 3FA.  Without their continued generosity the project could not run.


Donations have come from schools, businesses, groups and individuals.


Special Thanks to:


My Day who do an amazing job of collecting and delivering donations. We are delighted to be in partnership with such a wonderful organisation.

Thank you to all our amazing helpers.

We could not do it without you.




Christmas Sparkle wins Citizenship Award


In April 2019 the achievements of Christmas Sparkle were recognized by this Citizenship Award, presented to us by the then Mayor, Catherine Herbert at the Somerset County Cricket ground. The award acknowledges all the hard work put in by everyone who has helped. The press were present and this article appeared in the local paper.