Holiday Appeal


It can just take one moment for life to start falling apart. An unexpected court case can affect the whole family.  

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We provide emotional and practical support to those facing the civil and family courts alone. Christmas is a time for families coming together, but for many, facing an unexpected court case alone can bring anxiety, uncertainty and financial worries. 

The justice system, as it stands, was not designed for litigants in person. Yet, every year, hundreds of thousands of individuals must go through the complicated process alone. It is a system that no one thinks they’ll have to go through, but when they do it’s often too hard to navigate. By helping them access legal aid, organise their documents, understand basic court procedures, and giving emotional support, our volunteers improve the situation for everyone in court.  

From divorce to child arrangements to money claims, nearly 20,000 people came to us feeling anxious and scared about facing a complicated court system alone, and potentially changing their lives forever. They could be faced with losing their children, their homes or their safety. At this time of year, this can have a huge impact on families coming together to celebrate. 

Our aim is to empower all those facing court alone. We are committed to standing alongside every individual going through court this festive season. You can help our services continue to stand with families across 21 courts in England and Wales this Christmas. 

£25 will cover the costs of calls with eight clients on our National Helpline 

£45 will cover the cost of five volunteer days, enabling a volunteer to support 25 people 

£300 could allow one of our support offices to open for a day, offering a lifeline to those in need of urgent support 

It's quick and easy to make a donation:

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Text to Donate: 

Text STCFESTIVE followed by your donation amount to 70085.
 (E.g. STCFESTIVE 10). Texts will cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message. 


Fill out our downloadable form here and send the cheque to: 

Payable to: Support Through Court 

Post to: Fundraising, Support Through Court, Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London, WC2A 2LL 

Please view the Gift Aid section below.   

Gift Aid:

If you are a UK taxpayer, we receive an extra 25p from the Inland Revenue for every £1 you give at no extra cost to you. If you have donated by cheque or direct bank transfer, please take a moment to either: 

Fill out this online Gift Aid declaration    -OR- 

Fill out a downloadable gift aid form and post it to us at Fundraising, Support Through Court, Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London, WC2A 2LL