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It's the Christmas Appeal 2011 LAST DAY to read all about it/sign up

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RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 03-Oct-11 14:46:43

Welcome to this year's Christmas appeal. Yes we know it's only October but we've done the maths and realised we need to get on <rolls up sleeves and dusts off spreadsheets>

Little bit of history for those who are new to the whole idea: over the past few years, Mumsnetters have offered to donate gifts to other Mumsnetters in need over Christmas. And you have also nominated Mumsnetters to receive these gifts. Each year, a particularly saintly Mumsnetter has volunteered to match up the donors with the nominees and organise a mass posting of presents. Last year we felt that the appeal had grown so big that we would bring it in-house and it went fairly well we feel <modest> so we are doing it again smile and this year KatMumsnet is joining us in the spreadsheet madness <evil laugh>

Now for the nitty gritty...

If you would like to donate something to the appeal, could you please email You need to include your MN Talk name and what you are donating. Vouchers are usually the best bet, we've found over the years, but you are also welcome to donate new toys, clothes and books for children or "nice smellies" for adults. Secondhand toys/clothes are fine, too, but do really need to be in very good nick, please.

IMPORTANT: if you have something particular in mind, please specify CLEARLY the details of your donation e.g. Tesco voucher or new toy for a 4 year old boy or a bundle of clothes for a 6 month old girls, nearly new. Or, if you want to donate and are happy to wait to find out what's needed before you donate it, please say: VOUCHER (ANY) or TOYS (ANY) etc.

If you would like to nominate a fellow Mumsnetter (they have to have been a member for at least a year to qualify for nomination) then please send your nominations to You should include the Mumsnetter's ( correctly spelt, pls! ) Talk name and your reason for your nomination. It doesn't matter if they or you change nicknames; we will be able to find you/them.

All nominations and offers of donations must be with us by Monday 24 October.

Once all the names are in, nominees will receive an email by Monday 7 November, telling them they've been nominated, and will need to reply by Monday 14 November with their address, number and ages of children. Nominees need to be aware that their address will be sent to an undisclosed fellow Mumsnetter but no RL or MN names will be exchanged.

Nominees details will then be matched with donor details <pre-orders gin>

Donors will have the addresses of nominees they've been matched with by Friday 25 November so that gifts can be sent well before the final Christmas post. Each Donor and Nominee will be allocated a number eg. Nominee 27 or Donor 63 to maintain anonymity and to allow nominees and donors to post on the boards with messages of thanks etc.

If you have any further questions or any extraordinary nominations, then you can email me directly on But please use the email addresses above for all other enquiries - or your email might well go astray.

Merry Christmas everyone and thanks

AFuckingKnackeredWoman Mon 03-Oct-11 15:01:42

Your message has been sent!

I missed sign up last year, glad you are doing it again!

PaperView Mon 03-Oct-11 15:38:21

Thank you for taking the reins again HQ smile

CauldronsTrulyReign Mon 03-Oct-11 15:57:32

Thank you MN for giving us this opportunity.

Good luck Kat.

<<sends Baileys>>

NormaStanleyFletcher Mon 03-Oct-11 16:08:47

Oh goodie. Well done MN. you are mad

Good luck smile

<<sends large bottle of Bombay saphire>>

CherryMonster Mon 03-Oct-11 16:10:49

excellent. does feel odd though, sat in shorts, still boiling and talking about the christmas appeal. am happy to donate, and will be sending in nominations soon x

5inthebed Mon 03-Oct-11 16:39:56

I missed out on this last year, didn't realise there was a thread going. Redemed myself though by helping a MNer in Canada, cant remember her name, but she is lovely.

Have signed up.

MrsWembley Mon 03-Oct-11 17:31:14

Wow, missed this last yearsad, so I'll need to catch up Nearly new ok? I have a suitcase of stuff I can root through and pick out the best.

Haribojoe Mon 03-Oct-11 19:31:38

How did I miss this last year? Am definitely in this year, what a brilliant idea grin

purplepidjinawoollytangle Mon 03-Oct-11 21:13:52

One (or possibly three) offer(s), one nomination

thanks MN!!!

trumpton Mon 03-Oct-11 21:28:08

Will email with my donation. Missed this last year but am pleased to be part of it this year.

Fizzylemonade Mon 03-Oct-11 21:31:14

Emailed. And thanks MN as I do love giving.

serin Mon 03-Oct-11 21:57:44

Do they have to be in need to qualify or can they just be particularly saintly and lovely mumsnetters who are helpful and supportive?

NormaStanleyFletcher Mon 03-Oct-11 22:13:07

Serin in previous years we have nominated those in need for gifts for their dcs nd themselves. But it is also ok to say that a particular MN er has been particularly fab and supportive and deserves a treat for herself. I don't knowif that is still the case but presume it is.

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 03-Oct-11 22:13:40


Do they have to be in need to qualify or can they just be particularly saintly and lovely mumsnetters who are helpful and supportive?

Saintly and lovely are definitely qualifying criteria smile

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 03-Oct-11 22:23:00

<polishes halo>

purplepidjinawoollytangle Mon 03-Oct-11 22:27:09

I nominated a particularly kind person who has done (and still is doing) a lot of organising for other MNer's, I hope that's ok?

<passes Brasso to Olivia>

NormaStanleyFletcher Mon 03-Oct-11 22:47:31

Now, I want to go on Xmas do and can't find thread.

Purplepidjin really deserves a nomination for all her hard work.

NormaStanleyFletcher Mon 03-Oct-11 22:48:27

Now, I want to go on Xmas do and can't find thread.

Purplepidjin really deserves a nomination for all her hard work.

Saltire Mon 03-Oct-11 23:31:34

I'm not trying to be picky grin but last year I recall that people had to have been members for a certain length of time before they could be nominated. Just pointing it out so we don't suddenly get a rush of people signing with tales of woe< hard hat on>

OvO Tue 04-Oct-11 00:59:54

Saltire, it says in the OP people have to have been a member for a year to be nominated.

Saltire Tue 04-Oct-11 07:45:13

Does it? I must have missed that bit whilst trying to read in half dark grin

Fo0ffyShmooffer Tue 04-Oct-11 07:52:46

All done. I am so pleased to be able to join in this year. smile

deemented Tue 04-Oct-11 08:28:44

Done this end too. What a worthy cause smile

MaryAnnSingleton Tue 04-Oct-11 09:45:49

me too !

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