Launch of a fundraiser to offer young people leaving care an unforgettable Christmas
The Richmond Christmas Dinner launched a fundraiser to give young people leaving care an unforgettable Christmas this year.
The charity run by volunteers is now in its fifth year and aims to create a festive experience for 50 to 70 people leaving care, aged 18 to 25, who now live independently.
The majority of the guests will be from Richmond, Hounslow and Kingston.
Volunteer Emily Button, 43, explained that the reason for the event was to celebrate young people and make sure they are not alone on Christmas Day.
Button said, “The day celebrates the resilience of young people coming through the health care system and coming out on the other side.
“It creates positive memories, and for many young people, they don’t have any positive memories of Christmas.
“A lot of times when they come out of care they don’t have a network and if you don’t have a family then you could quite easily be alone on Christmas Day which is obviously very sad.”
Richmond’s Christmas dinner raised £ 120 of his £ 12,000 goal after launching his vindication campaign nine days ago.
The money raised by the fundraiser will be used to pay for decorations, catering, gifts, entertainment and will help bring young people leaving care to the place that has not yet been disclosed.
The charity has also invited hairstylists and manicurists to the event over the past few years to provide guests with the ultimate party experience.
Due to Covid-19, donations to the justgiving page are particularly important this year.
Previously, the charity received donations via supermarket green tokens, but the pandemic has made that more difficult.
The Richmond Christmas Dinner also praised local businesses for their contribution to the event, with Sandy’s in Twickenham providing all the turkey and sausage for last year’s Covid Safe Dinner.
In 2019, the project was delivered in accordance with Covid regulations, with all food and gifts delivered to people’s homes and entertainment provided online.
Baskets were also set up which contained essential elements to help young people leaving care to settle in their new homes.
Many of the charity’s volunteers are actually caregivers themselves who have attended the dinner as guests in the past and now want to help the young caregivers have a positive Christmas experience.
Button said, “We realized last year that we have a really fantastic group of volunteers who are very innovative and creative.
“Whatever happens, it will be a big celebration for everyone in the same space and for people, whatever they do, to be together again. “
Featured Image Credit: Richmond Christmas Day Dinner