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Louise Kinsella

Sponsored Night Bus Ride

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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Hi everyone![/p][p]I'm supporting Birch Network on their sponsored night bus ride on Friday 21st June 2019 to raise money for their hosting project, supporting refugees and asylum seekers experiencing destitution in Birmingham.[/p][p]Through my own work in the city, I've seen Birch offer kindness, support and safety to many of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our community. Due to the brutality of the UK’s asylum process, thousands of people who fled their homes seeking safety and protection are put at further risk of harm upon arrival in our country. Many are forced into poverty and homelessness, facing exploitation and abuse as they try to survive and navigate the increasingly complex and needlessly cruel immigration system.[/p][p]Hosting has such an amazing impact, not just on guests but on the lovely folks who open up their homes to a stranger in need. For so many people, a safe and secure home is often all they need to start taking steps to address their immigration case and Birch provides just that.[/p][p]The value of a warm and welcoming space to call your own can never be measured, and the fact that people in our wonderful city are willing to share their own with others less fortunate is a bloody beautiful thing![/p][p]I absolutely LOVE this organisation, its values and the amazing work that they do - please help them to do even more of it by donating generously![/p][p]You can find out more about hosting, as well as Birch's other work in the city, on their website [url=https://birchnetwork.org/]https://birchnetwork.org/[/url] but below are a few words from some of Birch's past guests:[/p][p][i]“Accommodation is not just giving you shelter. They give you kindness, they give you hope, they give you a new life.” [/i][/p][p][i]“I could be homeless if I don’t find a family. There are many people living on the street. There are many people like this and I am not better than them.” [/i][/p][p]"[i]As soon as I stay with her I know she is a nice person. She showed me love every time I need help.”[/i][/p][p][i]Immediately I think to myself, how is it possible that this person from another culture, another country, trusts me? It is difficult for me to trust my family, my close friends sometimes. Then I promise myself that because of this, because he trusts me, I will never lose their trust. They were kind to me and they give me happiness.”[/i][/p][p] [/p]
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Jun 24, 2019


£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jun 24, 2019

Lucy Leon

Well done Louise!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 22, 2019


Jun 22, 2019


Jun 21, 2019


Enjoy the ride!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 21, 2019


£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Jun 21, 2019

Charlotte Rodriguez

Good luck Louise :)


Jun 21, 2019

John Thompson

Have a fun ride tonight Louise!! 😄

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jun 19, 2019

the italian

Jun 15, 2019

Sandra M

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid