River Island – our latest partner

The lovely people at River Island have become the latest company to join with us to make a real difference to up to 50 care leavers this Christmas.

The company, which has more than 60 years of fashion retailing experience, has been extraordinarily generous by giving us five £50 vouchers for our guests.

On Christmas Day this year, inspired by the poet and care leaver himself, Lemn Sissay, we will be taking up to 50 care leavers to a secret location in Richmond Borough for a Christmas Day Dinner they will never forget.

So much of the project is in place with the community rallying together to provide everything from turkey to taxis and chefs to Christmas Trees but the last push we are having is on Christmas presents so the the news from River Island is so timely.

Anyone can provide a gift for one of our guests and while we welcome wholeheartedly the vouchers worth £250 we have gifts for every pocket. So click here and join with River Island to support the Christmas Day Dinner in Richmond.

Or you can click here to find out more about what we are doing on Christmas Day.

Watch below as Lemn explains the Christmas Day Dinner project

Why I’m involved in this great project by Barbara Regnier

“I wanted to be involved with the Christmas Dinner Day project because Christmas can be a lonely day for a lot of people, and its great to be involved in something locally that is challenging, exciting and should be brilliant for all those involved and those who come!

“I also think it’s something interesting to do using my experience and skills and meet some fabulous people in the process.”

Do you want to get involved along with Barbara? Find out more about our project by clicking here.

We have a present list for our care leavers with gifts for every budget. Would you like to buy a Christmas gift for one of our care leavers? Click here.

Pick of the Bunch join our list of supporters

Great news from Pick of the Bunch, the wonderful florist on Richmond Road in Kingston as they have donated a six foot Christmas tree for our big day!!

For details of what we are doing on Christmas Day, delivering a Christmas Dinner no one will forget to 50 care leavers click here.

And the best way you can now help is to donate a present to one of the carers from our list. Click here for the list.

Find out why Adriana Thomas has become one of our volunteers

“I have worked with care leavers for the last eight years and I absolutely love getting to know the young people, spending time with them and supporting them.

“But every year, when our doors closed for the Christmas period, it broke my heart to know that so many of them would be spending it alone.

“Christmas is such a family time and through no fault of their own many are denied this experience. I was so happy to learn that this amazing project was happening in Richmond this year and there was no way I could not get involved!

 

“Every day since I started volunteering I’ve been blown away by the continuous flow of kind gestures and contributions from our wonderful community. It feels like an incredible thing to be a part of.”

 

If you’d like to join Adriana click here for all details of how you can involved in our project

Let me tell you why I’m involved – by Maia Honan

“I’m thrilled to be able to play a small part in helping make Christmas Day special for these young people.

“I have no experience of care leavers but the more I hear, the more I understand how important this is, and the more I want to do.

“The momentum behind this project, and the commitment and care being poured in by the various volunteers and the response from friends, family, strangers and local businesses is something to behold. It’s truly life-affirming. It’s going to be a fantastic day and it won’t just be the guests who walk away with beautiful memories.“

Would you like to join Maia in helping with Christmas Day Dinner – Richmond? Well you can by emailing christmasdayrichmond@gmail.com

If you don’t have time to volunteer would you donate a present or two to the care leavers? If so click here to peruse our present list