Refugees and the work of aid groups

Our first talk after our normal summer break was an inspiring look at how passionate and motivated individuals can get together and help those in need. 

Amanda Pennington, Faraday Fernside and Rob Butler were all horrified by the plight of refugees escaping Syria and living in camps in Europe.  Rather than, like many, feeling sad but helpless to do anything about the problem, they determined to do something concrete to make life easier for those fleeing war in their home countries. Their efforts proved a catalyst for others to help out.  Amanda, for instance, was soon overwhelmed with donations, having to find bigger and bigger premises to hold them, eventually ending up at the Royal Cornwall showground. Not all donations were appropriate – someone once donated a wedding dress – but Amanda forged links with other local charities who could take on gifts she could not make use of. Faraday raised funds and collected donations to send containers of vitally needed materials to refugee camps, while Rob gave up his spare time to drive supplies to those camps in Europe.  Amanda and Faraday too, have given up vast amounts of their own time for this cause. One surprising fact was the need for free wifi – it’s a vital resource for displaced people to keep in touch with friends and family.

Many thanks to the speakers for sparing the time to come and talk to us, and for all their efforts.  The collection from the talk will be donated to Open Hearts Open Borders