News and blogs Latest news Advent of Change - join the giving revolution this Christmas Excellent Development is proud to be part of an innovative product line-up from Advent of Change this year. Excellent are pleased to announce that we are part of a unique product line-up for Christmas 2020, alongside 47 other charities. The feel-good festive range has been revealed in partnership with John Lewis by the non-profit social enterprise, Advent of Change, which pioneered the UK’s first advent calendar with a charity behind each door. This year, the flagship calendars are returning alongside two brand-new products aiming to help even more charities. Excellent are proud to join the Advent of Change movement, as part of their Charity Advent Calendar, Children’s Charity Advent Calendar and Charity Advent Candle. Charity Advent Calendar We’re pleased to be included in this year’s best-selling Charity Advent Calendar, which has been beautifully redesigned for 2020 with stunning artwork and all-new charity donations. Each day represents a 50p donation to one of 24 charities, ready to brighten your Christmas countdown this year. Children’s Charity Advent Calendar Designed to get the whole family involved, the bright and colourful Children's Charity Advent Calendar uses child-friendly language and hand-picked charities – including Excellent Development – to help all ages understand the power of giving. This product also includes a rainbow-trail and fun mini game to add festive joy to the Christmas countdown. Charity Advent Candle As one of their brand-new products this year, we’re delighted to have been included in Advent of Change’s luxury scented advent candle, made using 100% natural wax with no parabens and styled to perfection with a beautifully frosted finish. When lit, the candle burns down to reveal hidden numbers while a complementary booklet gives the user information about each of the 24 included charities. About Advent of Change Advent of Change began with founder Kristina Salceanu’s idea to reverse the consumerist nature of Christmas and bring back the giving spirit, but it quickly captured the imagination of many others. The innovative social enterprise caught the attention of John Lewis and Partners, who will again be stocking the calendars in stores and online this year. Dan Cooper, Partner and Christmas, Gift Food & Experiences Buyer, said: “In my role, I get to see some really interesting and exciting new products, but Advent of Change really stood out to me as an incredibly innovative way of giving back during the festive season.” Advent of Change has also secured a number of exciting endorsements from household names such as Richard Branson, Joanna Lumley, Greg James, Lawrence Dallaglio and has even received an award from the Prime Minister for it’s outstanding contribution to charity and the community. By the end of 2019, Advent of Change had raised £300,000 for its chosen charities, and after a particularly challenging year for the sector, its founder, 28-year-old Kristina from Warwickshire, hopes to raise the same again this year for 48 amazing charities. She said: “It’s been a challenging year for the charity sector which is facing losses of £10bn due to increased demand for services and lost fundraising income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the main reasons I launched Advent of Change back in 2018 was to enable people to donate to multiple charities with one purchase, helping a number of different causes, and this is needed now more than ever. We aim to create the world’s kindest products and are delighted to announce more products that will support more charities for 2020. We are extremely proud to be representing Excellent with our products.” Open up to change this year The Advent of Change range is available to buy online via the Advent of Change website and John Lewis & Partners.