Jon and his colleagues at the civil service have got stuck into supporting RSN over the past few months. In this guest blog post, he tells us what they've been up to and extends an invitation to a film screening on 9th February. Join us!
Ben and David Payne ran the Hull Marathon to say thank you to Hull NICU for the care they showed Ben's son Felix and to raise money for Refugee Support Network in memory of their incredible brother, John (pictured right).
This lovely evening at Upstairs at The Ritzy in Brixton, organised by Verena, a former mentor and long-term friend of RSN, celebrated the shared heritage, beauty and important human developments from the ancient Middle East, through art, music and spoken word.
Huge thanks to everyone who came to this brilliant gig with Yakobo, Jess Hall and David Benjamin Blower at the fabulous Half Moon in Putney. The proceeds from ticket sales (an amazing £700!!!) will go directly to our work of helping young refugees build more hopeful futures through education. We were so grateful to everyone who came along and to the artists who generously shared their time and talents.
Benedict Cumberbatch turned 40 this year and to celebrate it was announced that "the fandom" would come together and, instead of giving gifts, raises as much money as they could for charity. We were delighted to be chosen as one of these charities, alongside Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) and Lesvos Solidarity, and even more delighted when the campaign smashed its target by 2400% and gave each organisation £8,000.
Thea is an exceptional 13 year old. When she heard about the lives of young asylum seekers and refugees in the UK, the situations they've come from and how our work is helping them to access and progress in education, she was inspired to act.