Hinckley and District Churches Together


Christmas Shopping Simply Solved

Christmas Presents with a Difference

Stuck for ideas for presents at Christmas? Don’t be! Worried about getting things you don’t really want or need? Don’t be! So what will you tell someone when they ask you “what do you want for Christmas?” Tell them you would prefer that the gift was given to someone who really needs it. This is the idea behind a novel suggestion called  “AlterNativity”, being proposed for the fifth year running by a group of churches in the Hinckley district.

Instead of giving someone a Christmas present, you can give a gift to someone else who might need it more, on their behalf, by making a donation to one of 20 international and local charities. “AlterNativity” or the Alternative Christmas Gift Market is a scheme whereby various ‘presents’ can be bought and donated ranging from £1 to £20 in cost. It might be worms for composting in Bolivia, a starter pack for a baby in a special care unit in Leicester, a new resident box for local homeless people, quinine tablets for malaria sufferers for children in Africa, transport costs for Dial a Ride, computer training for children in India – there are many different choices to make.

The ‘event’ will be held in the United Reformed Church in The Borough, Hinckley on Saturday November 14 from 10.00am to 2.00pm, with refreshments provided. You just come along, choose your gift or gifts, make your donation and then send a card to your friend or family member telling them what gift you have bought for them. Last year’s ‘AlterNativity’ raised more than £11,000 for the charities involved.

If you are not able to come on the day itself, there is a mail order facility, which will be in operation until December 13. Details and order forms may be obtained from:

AlterNativity, St.Peter’s Priory, Leicester Road, Hinckley LE10 1LW  Tel.01455 634443

Please visit the AlterNativity website for the order catalogue, the order form or more details www.hinckley-alternativity.org.uk

Links to some of the charities involved in AlterNativity:



Christian Aid 


Bible Society 


Hinckley Homeless 

Rainbows Hospice 

Aim For Change

Karibuni Trust 

Mercy Ships 

Leprosy Mission