The Ellesmere Port Christmas Dinner 

The Christmas Dinners is an annual project founded by the poet Lemn Sissay MBE for communities to provide an amazing Christmas Day for care leavers aged between 18 and 25 – one they’ll never forget.

The Christmas Dinner is not a charity or a Social Enterprise, nor an organisation. It is a project organised entirely by an independent group of volunteers who arrange a venue, presents, a chef, food, transport, volunteers and often so much more — they create magic and memories on Christmas Day that will last a lifetime.  

The event which now runs nationally was inspired by Manchester poet and broadcaster Lemn Sissay who spent much of his childhood in care and recognised that young people who had been raised in foster care or care homes often lacked support once they left the care system aged 18.  

Your commitment is what makes The Christmas Dinner happen. Your belief in community is what makes this happen. Your determination to make a difference is what makes this happen. Your perseverance is what makes this happen. If you're interested in joining us or would like any more information please email 

Previous years photographs by Nick Carrilo @ncnewmedia