Santa needs some little helpers for this year’s Ellesmere Port Christmas Dinner Project, which aims to give young care leavers a festive season to remember.
The project was inspired by poet and broadcaster Lemn Sissay’s Christmas Dinners charity, which does the same for care leavers across the country.
It’s been running in Ellesmere Port since 2018 and has previously provided a Christmas Day with all the trimmings at the home of one of the key project organisers Action Transport Theatre, based at Whitby Hall in the town.
Christmas will come to them
Covid-19 may have put a stop to the usual festive gathering at Whitby Hall but innovative organisers have devised an alternative way to brighten up Christmas Day for care leavers who may not have family to spend it with.
If the 50 young care leavers aged 18-25 can’t come to Whitby Hall, then Christmas will come to them, courtesy of kindhearted volunteers from Ellesmere Port Christmas Dinner Project.
And they are now looking for volunteers to help through either buying, wrapping or delivering presents. Ellesmere Port Christmas Dinner team have already sent out advent calendars and decorations to start the festivities, but more help is needed to make this a Christmas to remember.
A small group of volunteers are also needed to wrap and prepare hampers of goodies on Saturday 19 December. This will take place at a large venue in Chester and Covid guidelines will be adhered to.
Pair of adults are also being sought to be delivery drivers, dropping off presents and hampers across Cheshire West, Liverpool and Manchester on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
And some of the young care leavers have young children aged nine days to five-years-old, and so any businesses or toyshops able to donate any toys to brighten up the children’s day are invited to contact project organisers.
Project spokesperson Sam Hutchinson said: “In the past we have been fortunate to be offered lots of support and we hope you can assist us again this year? We are looking for volunteers to either buy presents, wrap presents or deliver presents. Could this be you or your family?
“We are looking for volunteers to help buy stocking fillers for the young care leavers.
“We’ll provide you with information about their favourite chocolates, sock size and favourite smellies so you can personalise the gifts, along with writing a personal note from you to them.”
The team are also keen to hear from people who can speak Tigrinya, Amharic, Fur and Sudanese Arabic, for translation purposes, as these are the first language of several of the care leavers.
Anyone willing to get involved is invited to complete a form using this link.
People can also help by:
- Donating to the crowdfunder – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-ellesmere-port-christmas-dinner-delivery-2020
- Buying a bag from Madlug (https://www.madlug.com/pages/our-story )
- Local businesses wishing to support should email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Social media links: https://linktr.ee/EPortXmasDinner