The Big Give – Christmas Challenge 2021

Exciting news! This year, Light Project Peterborough has been rewarded for its great work by being offered to take part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign.

What is the Christmas Challenge?

The Christmas Challenge helps UK-registered charities to raise funds for their projects by doubling donations when the campaign goes live on November 30th 2021. You can find full details of the Christmas Challenge, and how your pledge will enable us to be part of the UK’s largest Matched Funding Challenge, on Research shows that 84% of donors are more likely to give in a match funding campaign and that donations are on average 2.5 times bigger so we’re very excited about the opportunity to take part.

How does it work?

  • The matching pots used to double donations for charities taking part in the Christmas Challenge are made up of a combination of funds. These are funds sourced by the charity (‘Pledges’) and funds sourced by the Big Give (‘Champions’) which are available if we are successfully selected by a Champion. 
  • The timeline for fulfilling the pledge (i.e. transferring the funds to us) is 8th December 2021 – 15th January 2022.
  • Fulfilment of your pledge is conditional on us receiving the appropriate online donations during the campaign (30th November – 7th December). You will only be required to pay a pro-rata amount of your pledge if we don’t hit our online target – it’s our guarantee to you that we are committed to raising additional donations.
  • Please note that if you pledge to Light Project Peterborough, you will not be able to make an online donation to us in December because your pledge will be used to match these donations.


As part of our initial application, we need supporters to make promises of funding, called ‘Pledges’, which will be used as match funds to double online donations made to our charity during the campaign. Your commitment to funding might also help us to secure additional match funds via a Champion (sourced by the Big Give). This means that for every £1 you donate, we can them quadruple it at no extra cost.

We are aiming to raise a total of £7,500 in pledges to take part in the Christmas Challenge. If you or someone you know would be willing to make a pledge to us, you can do so by clicking here by the deadline of 5pm, Friday 27th August. Note, actual payments will not need to be made until after the campaign – 7th December 2021.


The Christmas Challenge then launches on 12 pm on 30th November; #GivingTuesday. Any donations made from then for 7 days will be matched.

What happens during the Christmas Challenge?
Donations made to our project via will be doubled during the campaign. If you would like to support our work this year, we highly recommend doing so during the Christmas Challenge, when your donation will be doubled and make even more of a difference to us.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions about the Christmas Challenge, email