To combat the plight of young people living alone at Christmas, a youth led voluntary group in their twenties have created the Topé Project in memory of a 23-year-old care-leaver who took his life a few years ago.
Intent on creating positive actions, the project's first event, Christmas in the Crypt, is a seasonal celebration on Christmas day in London, for 70 care-leavers from across the capital.
Youth worker, Shalyce Lawrence, 24, who was in care for 10 years and was a good friend of Topé's, initiated the venture from her nan's front room .
Sally Bartolo, a 22-year-old peer outreach worker from London's City Hall, wanted to make the project much bigger, and now has the approval from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
Social entrepreneur and mentor, Jerome Harvey-Agyei, 22, who met Topé when he was in care himself 12 years ago, said:
Mental health problems can interrupt anyone's life, especially young people, and the ethos behind the Topé Project is to raise awareness of how people are feeling and to be there for one another.
If you know of, or are a care-leaver who is under 25 and will be spending Christmas day alone, please get in contact with the Topé Project.