It's 5am Christmas Eve. I'm staying in the Northern Quarter in Manchester for The Chrsitmas Dinner. Throughout today I’ll share different aspects, different elements, to The Christmas Dinner. . The first is is Mary Ann Hobbs. She's supported the Christmas dinner from the moment she heard of it and she’ll be there tomorrow on Christmas day and she's offering something special to each diner. The tweet above is everything she needs to to make it happen.
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This Christmas Dinner in Manchester is inspired by The Tope Project who did it first in London last year. Louise Wallwein writes on the crowdfunder site "The Christmas Dinner is a pop up organisation founded by Lemn Sissay. We are a group of 10 professionals who between us have over a hundred years experience of working with young people." I gathered a group of of people together on October 6th 2013 via Google Conference. The aim: to provide a Christmas day dinner for care leavers Read more [...]
I check with The Christmas Dinner referral team to see how many care leavers are confirmed. Twenty five. There's space for 45. I’m told an anxious young man has telephoned saying he needed travel expenses to attend. He wants to come to The Christmas Dinner but there's no-one to refer him. His situation is complicated.
Meanwhile I receive a message from someone I met at TEDx in Salford. She told her friend about The Christmas Dinner. Her friend is a university student. He's 300 Read more [...]
If you have a good idea for the community in Britain there is a way to make it happen. Thankyou Louise Wallwein from The Christmas Dinner team. Louise had the idea to approach crowdfunder.co.uk to raise money for my vision. Thankyou Sarah Sturmey of The Christmas Dinner team. Sarah stepped forward with her Charity to look after the money raised at Crowdfunder. Most importantly Crowdfunder glavanised us. They bought into the vision of A Christmas Dinner in The North West for care leavers between Read more [...]
We only have seven days left to crowdfund to reach 10,000 total. Then we have funded this and and much of next years Christmas Dinner. Wharehouse Project have offered VIP Festival ticket sales to The Christmas Dinner. All finance raised goes to The Christmas Dinner. They are supporting us. But there is seven days left on The Christmas Dinner Crowdfunder site where the tickets are available. Here are the tickets and their websites. Remember to go to Crowdfunder to pledge.
A £290 pledge Read more [...]