03 Jan TCD Richmond Christmas Day Dinner
TCD Richmond Christmas Day Dinner for Care Leavers
We were involved in various charitable projects over the festive period including a very special Christmas Day Dinner for Care Leavers in Richmond. An inspired by poet, care leaver and founder of the project Lemn Sissay.
The aim is to get the local community to volunteer their valuable time from helping to peel potatoes to wrapping presents . Pure people power helped create a day care leavers of all ages will never forget. Amazingly this was all achieved without government 0r charity funding behind them.
The leader of Liberal Democrats and MP for Twickenham Vince Cable dropped in to meet the care leavers. Donations from the CO-OP, River Island and a sumptuous Christmas dinner menu from tops chefs completed the magical day.
The spirit of Christmas
Here’s a message from one of the guests at the Christmas Day Dinner.
“I am writing to you and everybody else who took part in last night’s Christmas dinner to say a BIG Big thank you. Everything you did for us was above my expectations and definitely put a big smile on my face throughout the whole day yesterday. Everything was well-thought out even down to little gifts by the toilet to getting a glamour session with my hair and nails done.
Your efforts were so worth it! You made me and so many other care leavers feel very very happy and grateful. I was so glad to have met new friends who were also in care. we had something in common and can be friends that understand each other. I haven’t told my other friends that I was in care because I was afraid that they’d judge me. It’s great to have friend with a similar history/background. I would definitely come back again next year if it’s running again!
You guys are the best! “
Donations covered hidden costs including Christmas Day travel for our guests. The remaining donations will towards the Lemn Sissay Foundation to support The Christmas Day Dinner in 2018. Click here to see Lemn talking to the BBC about The Christmas Dinner 2016.
We continued our support for Sock Drop over the holiday season, a charity supporting the fight against homelessness. The Sock Drop project began 4 years ago by Megabooth founder Rachel Cummins.