Manchester 2020

This year will be particularly challenging for Care Leavers, who may be alone in a bedsit or flat with little support around them. The restrictions enforced by Covid 19 mean that this year it is not possible to host a sit-down Christmas Dinner like we have in previous years so we are being as creative and innovative as we can to make the day as magical as possible. There most definitely will be Christmas decorations, dinner, cheesy Christmas tunes and plenty of presents!

Normally, we would host the dinner on Christmas Day in a University of Manchester venue with volunteer chefs cooking a traditional turkey dinner.  Clearly, this is not possible this year so the plan is for us to take Christmas to our guests.   And we need help.

We have been overwhelmed by the extraordinary outpouring of love and support from the people of Manchester this year.  With Covid restrictions in place, we sadly can’t take up every offer.  Please do not be offended, in normal years we invite everyone along to help with wrapping and packing.  This can’t happen in 2020.  But we hope to be back to normal next year, and would love to have you involved.

Despite this support, the level of need this year has been far, far greater than ever and as of 15th December, we reached our quota of Guests and sadly cannot accept any new referrals. While we remain committed to helping as many people as possible, our resources are limited and it is hugely frustrating that we can’t help everyone.

If you would like to help in other ways, you can donate to our Crowdfunder Appeal up to Christmas Eve.

If you have any questions please mail us at mcr@thechristmasdinner.org.uk