The Reverse Advent Calendar is back and we need your help!

Following last year’s successful virtual reverse advent calendar, the University of Portsmouth Global team are back and need your help! Please join us as we collect items and donations throughout the months of November and December to support the local community this Christmas.

The Reverse Advent Calendar started in 2017 as a box in the corner of the UoP Global Office and thanks to the generosity of staff and incredible community spirit it has grown and grown. Last year due to the restrictions of the pandemic the Reverse Advent Calendar went virtual and managed to raise over £6,000 via the JustGiving page and a donation from Santander of £3,000.00 bought our total to £9,606.30 – several local charities were supported, including Portsmouth Trussell Trust Food Bank at Kings Church Somerstown and The British Red Cross Portsmouth home from hospital service.

This year’s appeal

Donations this year will be going to Pompey in the Community local charity groups and The Trussell Trust Food Bank Portsmouth.

Now in its fifth year there are several ways you can get involved:

Physical Donations

We will be collecting for the Trussell Trust Food Bank Portsmouth and Pompey in the Community, both charities supporting local people in need.
Staff are encouraged to set up a donation box in their office so that items can be donated. Items that the charities are collecting are:

  • Christmas biscuits and chocolates
  • Toiletries
  • Gift sets

We will need all donations by 10 December 2021 (Christmas Jumper Day!). Bring them over to Nuffield Building, University of Portsmouth where the donations will be collected by the charities in time for the holidays.


Although physical items are being accepted this year, staff can still donate to the Just Giving page. This enables charities to buy exactly what they need when they need it. For example gluten free food, vegetarian, halal or dairy free. How about trying one of these ideas with your team? If you’re in a workplace, you could donate the cost of takeaway coffees for a week. If you are working from home, maybe you could donate the cost of a few days’ travel or parking. Every pound donated helps.

If you would like a poster or further information for your office, school or club please get in touch with Follow the Campaign on Facebook and Instagram where you can find more information!

This winter will be a tough time for many people living in the City especially now many find themselves using these services for the first time as a result of the pandemic. When we come together small gestures like this can make a real difference.