Christmas Campaign

In partnership with Kent County Council, we would like to give all young people who are Kent care leavers a gift this Christmas.

For many care leavers, it’s their first Christmas on their own. Not with a foster family nor with a family of their own. With your help, we can reassure these young people that they are not alone and are valued and cared for.

Young adults who have left or are leaving foster care can become extremely isolated. Living independently in all types of accommodation can be painfully difficult.

“I’ve done Christmas crying on my own in a room, because I haven’t seen anyone else. Meanwhile, you see all your mates on Instagram with their families, wearing Christmas jumpers etc…and you end up thinking – I just want that. I want their family.” – Sophia Alexandra Hall, Care Leaver

Let a young adult be reminded they are cared for this Christmas. 





This Year...

…as we start to approach the end of 2021, we want to bring in and share a little joy! Why? The answer is simple. Because we care. And young adults deserve to feel a sense of family belonging that we all crave at Christmas.

“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.” Tia, Care Leaver

Christmas last year was so different, but that’s why this year it will be even more special to everyone, and we hope to be able to bring some joy to every one of our care leavers.

In Kent, we have 2000 young people who are care leavers, aged 18-25 years, so this year in partnership with Kent County Council, we are planning to end 2021 on a festive high by raising £20,000 to be able to give each of our young adults a £10 gift on Christmas morning!

Watch the KCC and Participation Teams appeal video here…

In Memory...

Donations in memory of Ann Allen, MBE, 1945-2021, can be made here.

Ann Allen was, amongst many other things, a parish councillor, a Borough Councillor, a County Councillor and an advocate for young people across the county. Ann worked with YLF as her chosen charity of the year (2019-2020) to instigate a number of initiatives for young people.

Donations in her memory, with permission from her family, are being collected be used just as Ann would have wanted and will go towards supporting care leavers through our Christmas Campaign in partnership with Kent County Council. Thank you.

Last Years Campaign...

“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 my donation will help bring a smile this Christmas.” Anna, Care Leaver

Last years Christmas Campaign in partnership with Kent County Council raised over £17,000! Together we brought, wrapped and delivered over 1,800 hampers for care leavers in Kent, making a real difference. We are so grateful to KCC, the Corporate Parenting and Participation Team, plus all those who supported the campaign to ensure care leavers felt special. To the donors, volunteers, the sharers, the packers and the deliverers – thank you all for helping us to share kindness:

With special thanks to DS Smith for generously donating the gift boxes and further thanks to support from: Bookers, James Holland, Mark Burr, Steve Hanks, Riverside Rotary and Dawn Patrol Rotary; and major donations from Interpersonnel, Bacon Butty Brigade, Albany Funerals, Clive Emson, Purchasers Rochester, A M Order of Purchasers, Kent Housing Group, Rotary Club of Gravesend and Meopham, Acorn Homes, June Diplock, Tunbridge Wells Children’s Centres, KMG Chartered Financial Planners, St James Wealth Individuals, Teams and Depts at KCC, Captain of the Chestfield Golf Club, Big Blue Sapphire, Clear Springs Ready Homes and Creed Outdoor Learning plus all staff, volunteers and our wider YLF Family!

Watch our video from last year…

Thank You

“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.” Mark, Care Leaver