Belfast’s Black Santa is going digital this year to allow people to contribute online as well as in person.
The Dean of Belfast, Very Rev Stephen Forde, will begin his third sit-out – and the 44th in all – on the steps of St Anne’s Cathedral on Thursday 17th December. For the first time, though – and in partnership with Price Waterhouse Cooper – the Dean has developed a new website for Black Santa – www.belfastblacksanta.org – where people are able to donate directly to the Appeal (and even to buy a famous Black Santa beanie hat!).
This year’s Appeal will support charities working with the elderly and the young; people affected by unemployment, homelessness and mental ill-health; and the Arts. There will be a particular focus on projects hit by the pandemic.
The ‘Charities’ section of the new website provides testimony to the impact of the Black Santa Appeal, including a powerful piece from the Derry Well Woman charity.
The Black Santa Appeal has become a Christmas tradition in Belfast since being started by Dean Sammy Crooks in 1976.