The Gold from the Stone Foundation

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University Of Manchester,Oxford Road
M13 9PL


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The Foundation's main focus is The Christmas Dinners. Inspired by TOPE in 2012, The Christmas Dinner Project was founded by Lemn Sissay in 2013 with the intention that no care leaver would be left alone on Christmas Day. Dinners 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 18 and 25. As well as a Christmas dinner, guests are gifted presents and treats along the way.

The Christmas Dinners began in Manchester in 2013, and in the years following there have been Christmas Dinners in Manchester, Leeds, London, Liverpool, and Oxford and is continuing to grow with an amazing 12 Christmas Dinners across the country in 2017 and 17 in 2018!

Each The Christmas Dinner is a local project organised entirely by an independent group of volunteers in each area who come together, with planning taking place between September and December each year. The volunteers arrange a venue, presents, a chef, food, transport, volunteers and often so much more – they create magic and memories that will last a lifetime.

The Christmas Dinners are an opportunity for the community to take responsibility for care leavers on Christmas Day.

The Gold from the Stone Foundation raises and distributes funds for the Dinners, coordinates the national initiative and acts as a central point of contact and support.

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