Haymarket Media Group are supporting the Richmond Christmas Day Dinner

Thank you to the team at Haymarket Media Group, who have offices in Twickenham, for becoming the latest supporter of the Richmond Christmas Day Dinner.

If you’d like to, join Haymarket as one of the supporters of the Richmond Christmas Day Dinner then email christmasdayrichmond@gmail.com

Or if you’d like to buy a present for one of our care leaves click here

For more details see www.christmasdayrichmond.com


Oakhill Estate Agents become our latest supporter

Thank you to the team (above) at Oakhill Estate Agents for becoming the latest supporter of the Richmond Christmas Day Dinner.

“We just want to reiterate what a worthy cause it is, and say well done to everyone involved – things like this make a big difference to these peoples lives,” said Michael Wright, Managing Director at Oakhill. We thank you, Michael as without people like you the event couldn’t happen

If you’d like to join Oakhill Estate Agents as one of the supporters of the Richmond Christmas Day Dinner then email christmasdayrichmond@gmail.com

Or if you’d like to buy a present for one of our care leaves click here

For more details see www.christmasdayrichmond.com

Teddington’s Fun Factory are our latest partners

WE ARE delighted to confirm that the wonderful people at the Fun Factory in Teddington are providing balloons for our event on Christmas Day, when we are going to provide an unforgettable dinner for 50 of Richmond borough’s care leavers.

You can still get involved with our project by contributing a present to one of our care leavers. You can do that by clicking here and buying a gift from our present list or click here to find out more.

If you’d like to find out more about the Richmond Christmas Dinner watch this video below which features the inspiration behind our project, the poet Lemn Sissay.

Big Yellow are Big partners of Christmas Day Richmond

THE GOOD news keeps on coming for our project to give up to 50 care leavers a Christmas Day they will never forget with confirmation of a partnership with the lovely people at Big Yellow Storage for the second year running.

The UK’s favourite self storage company have been generous enough to give us room at their Twickenham branch to store everything from wrapping paper, presents and decorations ahead of the big game.

The new partnership with Big Yellow – which has high profile, easy–to–access locations across the UK -will stretch into 2018 as well so giving us a much better chance of repeating out incredible event next year too.

Big Yellow join a number of local and national organisations as recent supporters of the Richmond Christmas Day Dinner project inspired by the poet Lemn Sissay. Their generous support along with a highly motivated project team will bring a day to remember for our guests on the big day!

The main focus of the project now is to gather more presents for our guests so if you’d like to take part why not buy a present we can give out on Christmas Day – there are presents for every budget if you click here.

Or watch an interview Lemn did on the BBC talking about the Christmas Day Dinner concept or click here for more details.

Thank you, Positive, for your help!

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We wanted to say a big thank you to Positive, Richmond’s best (we’re biased!) digital marketing agency.  Responding to a call to support on Facebook, they’ve come up trumps for us, designing and printing the party invite for our young guests plus flyers to help us spread the word.  They’ll also be providing the huge real Christmas tree for the day (but not this site or the social media as they were already up and running by our volunteers!)

Thanks Positive!




Thank you for the Brownies, Crosbies!



Our lovely new friends at Crosbies Foods, are kindly making us 48 of their signature Crosbies Chocolate Brownies. Made with a 73% Cocoa solid Belgian organic chocolate, their brownies contain more than 40% pure dark chocolate and make a fabulous dessert. Simply served warm with some really good vanilla ice cream and fresh red berries – absolute pudding perfection!

Crosbies is a family company that specialises in the highest quality hand made produce.

They bake from scratch using the best quality fresh natural ingredients. Local free range eggs, real butter, British flour & sugars and Belgian Chocolate. No artificial colours, preservatives or any other nonsense, just great tasting food made with care and skill.

We’ve tried them, and our guests are going to be over the moon. Crosbies brownies are also available as fab Christmas presents by mail-order. Beautifully presented too! Thank you! x

Find out more at Crosbies Foods

Volunteer chef and maitre d’ needed for special Christmas Day Dinner in Richmond

platesFifty vulnerable young people from Richmond are going to receive a once in a lifetime Christmas Day, thanks to a project inspired by Lemn Sissay MBE, a care leaver, and the official poet from the 2012 Olympic Games.

The Christmas Day Dinner will come to Richmond Borough for the first time, after Sissay galvanised members of the local community to provide a Christmas Day for care leavers (those who have left foster care) aged between 18 and 25.

The organisers need a volunteer chef and a maitre d’ who would love to cook and offer their services to help make this event one our care leavers won’t forget.  Could this be you?

We’re planning a full Christmas Day dinner with all the trimmings. The majority of the produce, including quality meat and veg, has already been donated by local suppliers. We have a great venue with parking in KT1 that has catered for weddings previously. It has a kitchen with access to two catering ovens.

We’ll have a team of 25 hosts and helpers to prep, serve and wash up, making the day as fun and stress-free as possible. If transport’s an issue, we’ll get you there and home too.

Lemn’s vision is to ensure this is not just a normal Christmas Day but a once in a lifetime event. Guests are picked up by taxi, driven to a top-notch venue, served the best food from a great chef, and handed a goodie bag with top-drawer goods.

If you are interested and available on Christmas Day please can you contact us on:

Interested Chefs will need to provide a CV and references.