Every year, more than 300,000 children are separated from their parents through imprisonment. You can help to restore a little joy and hope for them this Christmas by donating to Operation Elf, an appeal organised by the national Catholic prison charity, Pact.

Operation Elf provides £15 gift cards for parents in prison to give to their children at Christmas. This allows mums and dads who are prisoners to feel like parents. Children can choose a gift and have a lovely chat with their mum or dad about it. The appeal supports Pact’s work to keep families together.

Pact needs more than 200 gift cards for the families we support in seven prisons in the Archdiocese of Birmingham. The appeal closes on Wednesday 30 November.

Andy Keen-Downs, Pact CEO said: “Christmas can be a difficult time for families affected by the imprisonment of a loved-one. By donating to Operation Elf you can make it feel more like Christmas for the thousands of children who can’t spend the festive period with their mum or dad. We've set ourselves a challenging target of more than 200 gift cards in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, but with your support we’re confident we can reach it.”

To find out more information and donate please see the Operation Elf page on the Pact website.

These are the prisons in the Archdiocese that you can help to support through Operation Elf: Birmingham, Brinsford, Drake Hall, Featherstone, Swinfen Hall, Stafford, Huntercombe.

Operation Elf

Photograph is from a Pact Christmas Family Day, courtesy of Andy Aitchison.