Thank you to the The Western International Traders Association

WE WOULD like to thank our latest partners, the Western International Traders Association, who are donating all the vegetables for our Christmas Day Dinner… and the best part is that the are ready prepared!

Not stopping at that the Western International Traders Association are also donating large fruit baskets or our guest to enjoy and they will deliver to the venue on Christmas Eve.

There is still time to join the Western International Traders Association in helping our Christmas Day Dinner in Richmond by donating a present to one of our guests by clicking here.

 

Thanks to everyone at Raleigh Road United Church – our latest magnificent supporter

We have been overwhelmed by a wonderful partnership that has been developed with Raleigh Road United Church The picture doesn’t really do justice to the wonderful selection of presents donated to our care leavers and their children. And we are so delighted to hear that they will be helping us again in 2019!

Raleigh Road United Church is at the corner of Raleigh Road and Stanmore Gardens in Kew.

If you want to join Raleigh Road United Church in supporting the Richmond Christmas Day Dinner for care leavers then you can in three easy ways:

1. If you’d like to make a donation to the Richmond Christmas Day Dinner  please click here

2. If you’d like to give one of our guests a Christmas present click here

3. Or if you’d like to sign up to fundraise for the Richmond Christmas Day Dinner through you on-line shopping you can do that  by clicking here
If you register and use Richmond Christmas Day Dinner (Christmas Day Richmond is how we are registered) then away you go.

 

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.

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