Christmas Campaign Info

We want to care for care leavers this Christmas. We aim to help over 2,000 young people with your donations!

Why We Need Your Help

We’ve all felt the sting of this year’s crisis. We can understand what it can be like to feel unsure, uneasy and at times, extremely isolated. Thankfully, many of us have been able to muddle through with friends and family, and have had access to some sort of support network to help us make it through.

This hasn’t been the case for some others. There are young adults who have left their foster home or are living on their own in all kinds of accommodation (bedsits, flats, hostels etc.) Experience tells us this group of vulnerable young people are often overlooked at Christmas due to their age. Yet they are often most in need.

For many, it’s their first Christmas on their own, not with a foster family nor with a family of their own.

This, coupled with this year’s challenges, has made it painfully difficult for many of these young people. Some have been extremely isolated and lonely.

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How Your Donation Will Help

“The Covid-19 pandemic has been the most difficult period we have ever experienced, in supporting young people in our care. Very sadly we have suffered the loss of four young people due to their mental health and vulnerability during lockdown. This has been devastating for us and we have pulled together, to support our young people and staff during this time.”

– note from Kent County Council (KCC)

In partnership with KCC, we would like to be able to give every young person who is a Kent care leaver, or is leaving foster care a Christmas present in 2020.

We know this will be a massive task…

We need to raise £10,000 to support these 2,000+ young people.

But with your help, we can make this happen.

We appreciate that you can only give what you can, which is why we ask for as little as £1, up to anything you are able to donate. This money will help provide a chocolate box and toiletry gift set for every single one of these care leavers.

Your generous donation will allow a vulnerable young adult to open a gift this year and be reassured that someone cares about them this Christmas.

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How To Donate

Donations to this campaign have now ended. If you would like to still support our charity please visit our Donate page. Thank you.


For an update on the campaign progress please see our main campaign page: www.ylf.org.uk/christmas.

Feedback and Messages

“A charity very close to my heart, they were there for me in rough times and helped me grow into the person I am today. A small charity who help a huge amount of children – I will of course be donating!” Care Leaver

“I am so grateful to have the support I do from KCC and YLF.  Campaigns like this can be a godsend for some young people leaving care.” Care Leaver

“It’s warmed my heart knowing my donation is really going to make a difference to someone who needs it right now.” Anon, Donor

“Being a care leaver is not easy. It’s daunting and scary to say the least, let alone the fact you’re totally on your own. It’s nice to know people out there really care.” Care Leaver

“A little gift to let you know you are a special person and to make your day a little more special. I hope this brings you some extra happiness at Christmas.” Anon, Donor

“Merry Christmas to all the Children and Young People in Kent who are in our care now, and who we are supporting to move on to the next stage in their life. We are so proud of you and hope you have a great Christmas, and that 2021 is an upgrade for us all!” Anon, KCC

“This is a fabulous idea, which I am happy to support again this year. This has been such a strange and difficult year, particularly for anyone facing big life changes and feeling alone. Thank you for the opportunity to take part xx” Anon, Donor

“Wishing all our Care Leavers at Kent County Council a very Happy Christmas.” Sarah Hammond, Director of Children’s Services, KCC

“With love and best wishes for Christmas and for a happier New Year.” Anon, Donor

“Wishing young people spending their first Christmas independently in Kent lots of love and admiration for the journey they’re on. You’re heroes, and deserve a brilliant 2021! x” Anon, Donor 

“This charity helped me so much when I was growing up in care, they do such a fantastic job and really care for young people in care. I know this donation will help bring a smile to a child in care over Christmas.” Anon, Care Leaver

“Good luck to all the young care leavers, in these exceptionally hard times. They are all wonderful people.” Anon, Donor

“As a former foster brother I know first hand the difficulties children in care face and to start out in life can be daunting as it is but as a care leaver it must be even more challenging at times. I hope you can have a restful and happy Christmas.” Rob, Donor

“To the bright young adults of the future. You are loved and valued. Merry Christmas. x” Anon, Donor

Thank You

Thank you for caring this Christmas.