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Christmas dinner for care leavers in Kent

Do you know a young person who has been in care who would like to join others on Christmas Day for a special Christmas dinner?

The Canterbury Christmas Dinner will be held on 25th December and is for those aged between 18-25 who have had experience of being in care.

Led by current Canterbury Poet Laureate Lemn Sissay MBE, himself a care leaver, business, organisations and volunteers all over the UK are putting on a warm and welcoming Christmas Day for over 400 care leavers.

The Christmas Dinners have been taking place in cities across the UK since 2014. But this is the first time it will take place in Canterbury, in collaboration with local business, organisations and residents.

Lemn says: "Many care leavers are sat in flats, B&Bs and hostels, away from family, or sofa-surfing, and some are indeed living on the streets on their own at Christmas. Christmas is a reminder of everything they never had… I know because I’ve shared their experiences… But thanks to passionate groups of volunteers supported by generous donations, we’ve been able to put on scrumptious Christmas meals and create a magical day to remember… The Christmas Dinners will be a life-changing and life-saving experience."

This year, volunteer teams have assembled and are working hard finding venues, gifts and scrumptious food to make an unforgettable Christmas Day experience that will help create great memories for the guests.

You can refer a care leaver for a place or they can apply directly by emailing: guestsCCD@gmail.com

For more general enquiries and if you would like to volunteer time or other items for the dinner please email canterburychristmasdinner@gmail.com and add the nature of your enquiry in the subject line so it can be directed to the correct volunteer.

You can find more information on the Canterbury Christmas Dinner page on Facebook here.

You can also donate directly to the Lemn Sissay Foundation to support Christmas dinners across the country in 2017 here.

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