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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.

 

 

Why I’m on the Guests’ Team – David Glover

“I have previously volunteered and spent time working with older people around the festive period and have always found it to be extremely important to tackle isolation.

My current role now involves working with children and this project sounded too good to not be a part of.

I love our steering group – it’s a great thing to be involved with and we hope to provide a fantastic Christmas to as many young people as possible.”

Why I’m involved in The Christmas Day Dinner – Bernie Moss-Collins

“Christmas has always been a big thing for me, spending time with family, laughing, eating, drinking and generally over-indulging on everything good and bad! I have always appreciated what I have because I know that not everyone is as fortunate to have such a close family to make those memories with.

Even the fraught moments, when it looks like it’s all going belly up in the kitchen….or the countless hours spent building Lego dragons! So, when I saw Sian’s post about getting involved to make Christmas Day special for others, I wanted to do what I could to help. 

Even if it’s just time, I think so many of us have so much to give, but don’t always know where to channel that help, so this was the perfect solution.  

I’m beyond excited to be part of such a eclectic group of volunteers, all with a common goal in mind – sourcing a venue, decorations, gifts and food, to ensure that care leavers in our community have the Christmas Day they should have; full of love, warmth and wonderful memories.” 

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:
christmasdayrichmond@gmail.com

Interested Chefs will need to provide a CV and references.

All hail Bruce the Butcher!

Great news from Colette and the Food Committee today as she has confirmed that Twickenham’s Bruce the Butcher is the latest company to support the Christmas Day Dinner, an event to bring the perfect Christmas Day to 50  young people from Richmond who have just left care homes.

For all the details of Christmas Day Richmond and how you can get involved click here

Based on Staines Road, Bruce the Butcher has been incredibly generous and has agreed to supply all the turkeys for the dinner. He is a local family butcher who cares about families.

The goal is to mobilise the resources and generosity of the local people and businesses to put on a scrumptious and magical Christmas Day Dinner. The event will create a special day for people who may never have had that experience or even more, had very negative experiences at Christmas, to create new memories and bring people together as one ‘family’.

Bruce the Butcher, 332 Staines Road, Twickenham TW2 5AT

Jassi Rignall explains why she has signed up to help The Christmas Day Dinner

“I used to get involved in charity work when I worked for the bank and since I retired I didn’t know where to start.

I stumbled across this event on Facebook and saw this as an opportunity to get involved and knowing how lucky my children have been, wanted to help those that haven’t been as fortunate.

I am really looking forward to helping in any way I can.”

 

 

 

 

Teresa Driver explains why she is involved with The Christmas Day Dinner

“I have such happy memories of childhood Christmases, good food, a walk in the woods, games, a film and too much chocolate. Earlier this year my elderly father died, and I am feeling pangs of loneliness in his absence. He embodied Christmas for me – good humoured, generous, fun loving and indulgent.

I want this Christmas to be different, and to honour his memory, I want to bring his spirit to The Christmas Dinner as he would have loved to be there too.”