The Lemn Sissay Foundation
LEMN SISSAY MBE has been a writer from birth and foremost he is a poet. Lemn is the author of a series of books of poetry alongside articles, records, broadcasts, public art, commissions, and plays. Lemn has campaigned tirelessly on behalf of young people in care and care leavers. In 2017 he established his Foundation, dedicated to offering support to individuals and agencies working to address the disadvantages faced by those in care and young adult care leavers.
The Foundation's main focus is The Christmas Dinners.
Inspired by TOPE in 2012, The Christmas Dinner was founded by Lemn in 2013 with the intention that no care leaver would be left alone on Christmas Day.
Dinners are organised by teams of volunteers who work together to provide a special and fun-filled day, along with a most scrumptious dinner on Christmas Day for young care leavers, aged between 16 and 25. As well as a Christmas dinner, guests are gifted presents and treats along the way. Lemn says; ‘Many care leavers are sat in flats, B&B’s 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.”
The Christmas Dinners began in Manchester in 2013 and new groups join every year. In 2018, we supported Dinners in seventeen locations across the UK. Each Dinner costs no more than £5,000, so please donate to the Foundation so that we can support even more Dinners in the future.
Charity No: 1175167
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