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

Nasseema Crowley explains why she is involved with Christmas Day Richmond

I got involved with The Christmas Day Dinner because of an email circulated by Sian at work.  I will start by saying that my decision to become involved is because I am an ingrate!

I looked after my mother for several years and when her Dementia/ Alzheimer’s, became too much for me to handle on my own, I had to put her in a Nursing Home.

She has been there for a couple of years now and during Christmas I usually go to my son’s or brother’s home for Christmas Day.  But I really don’t want to be “taken care of” at this time of year – though I know they do not view it in that way.

I LOVE my little family, but I am ridiculously independent and proud, and this is a way for me to do my own thing and them to know that I will not be alone (far from it!) on Christmas Day.  I am really looking forward to the day and hope my poor contribution to the event will be of some help.

Christmas Day Richmond needs more people like Nasseema to volunteer. Get involved by clicking here and following in her footsteps

Why I’m committed to Christmas Day Richmond – by Dee Marshall

Several years ago I was listening to a radio programme discussing care leavers and in particular what was an ‘appropriate’ age for them to leave care and fend for themselves. (Do any of us ever feel ready for that?!)

I was full of admiration for these young people, many of whom had overcome an extremely difficult start in life.

So when I heard about this brilliant initiative I jumped at the chance to help provide the Christmas extravaganza they deserve! 

Together let’s spread the joy of Christmas! It’s our chance to show we care.

Would you like to follow Dee and volunteer for Christmas Day Richmond? Click here

 

 

 

 

Together let’s spread the joy of Christmas! It’s our chance to show we care.