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Welcome to The Lemn Sissay Foundation MyDonate page.

 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.  
The Christmas Dinners were founded by Lemn in 2013 and 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.”

In 2013 the first Christmas dinner was held in  Manchester. In 2014 Manchester and Hackney. In 2015 Manchester, Hackney and Leeds and in 2016 a Christmas dinner took place for care leavers in Manchester, London, Leeds, Liverpool, and Oxford.  Amazingly, in 2017 there are eleven Dinners being hosted nationwide. Thanks to the immense generosity of donors and volunteers, 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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