Christmas Hope

What is Christmas Hope?

Christmas Hope is Prison Fellowship’s annual project to send a Christmas card to each prisoner in Northern Ireland and to provide hampers and toys for families at a time of year when prisoners’ relatives can feel alone, forgotten and under extra financial pressure.

Last year, with the help of many volunteers about 352 food and toy hampers were packed and delivered, making a huge difference for many of these families.

Each food hamper is worth about £50 and is made up of various items listed overleaf. Toys are all new and for children aged 0-16.

Christmas Hope is a very practical way of demonstrating God’s love. All new family contacts will be offered ongoing support by PF family workers in the New Year.

Items on the list for Christmas Hampers

  • Box of Biscuits (600g)
  • Quality Street or Celebrations Tub (750g)
  • Tea (160 bags)
  • Coffee (200g)
  • Sugar (1Kg)
  • Weetabix (24pk)

  • Soft Drinks (750ml)
  • Jam (454g Cannot accept homemade)
  • Dried Pasta (500g)
  • Bolognese Sauce (500g)
  • Sweet & Sour sauce (450g)
  • Red Sauce (Heinz 460g)

  • Brown Sauce (HP, 425g)
  • Tinned Beans (414g)
  • Tinned Spaghetti (400g)
  • Tinned Veg (400g)
  • Tinned Soup (400g)
  • Tinned Fruit (415g)

  • Tinned Custard (400g)
  • Tinned Rice (400g)
  • Tinned Tuna (160g)
  • Kitchen Roll (2 Pack)

What Toys are suitable?

We believe every child deserves a new gift at Christmas so we are unable to accept used or second-hand items for Christmas Hope.

Suggested gift list for children and young people include:

  • 0-3: Suitable baby toys, cot mobiles, bath toys, clothes, puzzles, pyjamas and books.
  • 3-5: Dolls, action figures, cars, lorries, books, pyjamas, games and soft toys.
  • 5-9: Lego, action figures, dolls, stationery, educational games, pyjamas, sports equipment
  • 9-12: Lego board games, stationery, pyjamas, hair accessories, sports equipment.
  • 13-16: Board games, books, pyjamas, makeup, hair accessories, appropriate toiletries, sports equipment.
  • Selection box (180g)

Unfortunately, we cannot accept any food or toy items, not on the prescribed list. Please ensure all food items are new and in date and that all toys are new without wrapping.

To ensure Christmas delivery all items must be received by noon on,

Monday 11th December 2017.

How can you get involved?

Christmas Hope depends on the generosity of churches and individuals who provide:


  • Food Items
  • Toys
  • Finance

Prison Fellowship also depends on volunteers who give their time to:

  • Pray
  • Count and stack food items
  • Pack hampers
  • Deliver hampers

If you or your church would like to get involved, please contact the Prison Fellowship office by phone or email:

028 9024 3691

Prison Fellowship

NI 39 University Street,

Belfast BT7 1FY