The Christmas Dinners is an annual event, established by writer and care leaver, Lemn Sissay OBE whose mission is to ensure no care leaver is alone on Christmas Day.  Lemn called for the community to come together to show care leavers that they matter and deserve to have an amazing Christmas Day to remember.

South London Xmas Dinner (SLXD) are run entirely by volunteers who have come together to give young care leavers a very special Christmas Day.  These young people have gone through so much, some are very vulnerable due to their upbringing and this year may be their first Christmas living independently and alone. 

We need your support to make this Christmas Day happen.
Your donation will show our young guests they are worth investing in and there are people like you who care.
Your kind support will go towards paying for each young person to receive a special Christmas Day dinner, some wonderful presents and an essential hamper each to support them in the days after our Christmas Day event.

We really hope you will donate, every little bit makes such a difference in helping to make Christmas Day happen and gives the young care leavers the opportunity to celebrate festivities together and feel supported and loved by the community.

Here's an idea of what your donation can help us with:

£10 = pays for a Christmas dinner for a young person.

£20 = pays for an essential food hamper.

£30 = pays for household essentials (e.g. bedding, towels).

£50 = pays for winter essentials (e.g. coat, duvet, thermals).

£70 = pays for a WOW present for a young guest.

This year, we are also supporting Ealing Christmas Dinner with their first Christmas Day event.  If you would like your donation to support Ealing directly - please note that in the comments box.

Thank you very much

Please see our 'Updates' section to see how you can allocate your donation to go towards a Madlug backpack for our young guests.




We have added the award winning brand Madlug to our WishList so you can choose to put your donation towards a superb 'Classic Backpack' for our young guests if you wish.

If you would like your donation to go towards a 'Classic Backpack', please note that in the comments when you donate on this fundraising page or email and we will use your donation to purchase the bag on your behalf:

Madlug is a brand that empowers you to give dignity to care experienced people and help ensure no young person carries their life in a bin bag.

With every bag purchased, a packaway travel bag will be given to a child in care so your donation will be going further to help other young people as well as our Christmas Dinner guests.

To find out more about Madlug and the 'Classic Backpack' go to:

Updated on Wed, November 3 2021, 11:43 PM

As well as help with getting donations of food and gifts, we also need support from volunteers to wrap presents, help with planning the event, give tech support, offer Christmas Day entertainment, creatives to make handmade gifts or decorations, a chef to cook Christmas dinner, volunteers to help on the day and help in many other ways leading up to Christmas Day.  Get involved in any area that interests you.

Please contact us - we would love to hear from you!

South London Xmas Dinner (SLXD)

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Thank you very much for taking an interest in supporting our fundraiser to help make the Christmas Day event happen for young care leavers.  We need and appreciate people like you.

If you're also keen to help in other ways, how about sharing our goal and Lemn's mission with your communities to help more of us come together for care leavers?

Updated on Fri, October 29 2021, 11:15 PM

£7,101.25 raised of £5,000.00 target by 81 supporters

£5,995.00 donated and £1,106.25 in GiftAid


142 %


From 1st October 2021. Until 25th December 2021.


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