St Christopher’s Fellowship’s Christmas Appeal has smashed its target and raised £22,000 for young people in care and care leavers.
Christmas can be a difficult time for young people in care, and care leavers who are not able to spend the day with their family can feel very lonely. However St Christopher’s, with the help of generous donors, were able to make Christmas special for their children and young people.
Staff helped children write letters to Santa, provided plenty of festive food and organised Christmas parties – including a winter wonderland themed party, complete with a Snow Queen. And, thanks to supporters, the children and young people had lots of gifts to unwrap on Christmas Day.
At their home for young people aged 16+ in Lewisham, former residents often come back to visit and Christmas was no different. They joined in with Christmas activities, including lunch and a party with staff and friends. The home’s team leader, Rad, said: “It was a wonderful time and, thanks to the generous people who donated to the appeal, our residents will have unforgettable memories.”
At St Christopher’s 16+ home in Twickenham, the young people had breakfast together on Christmas day before visiting friends and family, and then had lunch together on Boxing Day.
Support worker Ella said: “It was lovely to see all the residents smiling and laughing over Christmas. I know the residents are nervous about Christmas time but they all really enjoyed themselves which was fantastic to see.”
You can find out more about St Christopher’s at www.stchris.org.uk