Charity Partner

The Old Vic’s Charity Partner for 2020 is FoodCycle who provides nutritious meals and conversation to communities across the country.

Under ‘normal’ circumstances, FoodCycle brings people and communities together to share nutritious weekly meals, with the aim of reducing food poverty and tackling social isolation. Open to all, guests range from low-income families, people affected by homelessness and those who simply, cannot afford to buy food.

Despite coronavirus, FoodCycle volunteers are still making tasty meals, but instead of sitting down together, this is now a takeaway service, where guests come and collect the meals to eat at home.  To help guests feel less isolated, FoodCycle also launched their Check-in and Chat service, where volunteers call guests for a weekly natter.

We are also delighted to share that writer Jack Thorne, together with his wife Rachel, has generously pledged to match all A Christmas Carol FoodCycle donations received from the public up to £250,000. We hope this will inspire people to support, and donations can be given directly through FoodCycle’s website.

Donate to FoodCycle

As a registered charity itself, The Old Vic believes that it is vital to encourage all who visit to support others and in recent years has held bucket collections throughout A Christmas Carol to raise money for various charities. Held in 2017 in aid of Field Lane, in 2018 for The Felix Project, and then in 2019 for Coram Beanstalk, our incredible audiences have donated in excess of £320k over the past two years to support charities with missions aligning with the themes of the production.

This partnership is announced as the theatre continues to demonstrate its commitment to building a fairer society and supporting the cultural, educational and social development of the communities in which it serves. For further information on The Old Vic’s social mission visit:

On the Charity Partner scheme, Executive Director, Kate Varah said: ‘One of the most beloved moments for any reader of A Christmas Carol is where Scrooge shares Christmas with the Cratchit family. Each year, audiences watching The Old Vic’s annual production of A Christmas Carol are asked at the end of the show to donate what they can to a charity that supports those similarly in need. We are continually amazed at the generosity of spirit shown; this simple ask has raised £320,000 over the last three productions. As a charity ourselves, we understand how important it is to show solidarity for the work of other charities and we’re committed to continuing this tradition despite there not being a live audience this year. So we’ve moved the request online – and hope audiences remain as supportive. When there will be many who have to go without this Christmas, FoodCycle provide an essential service and one we’re proud to be highlighting to audiences this year.’