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Reading Refugee Support Group

2018 Reading Legal Walk

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Thanks for visiting our page for the Reading Legal Walk 2018[/p][p]Our team so far is: [b]Nick Harborne, Peter Driver, Flora Roshi, Fiona Summerfield, Bet Tickner, Tom Clark, Kwabena Brenya, Alice Chigumira Coles[/b][/p][p]We are walking in the Reading Legal Walk on September 24th to raise funds for Reading Refugee Support Group [b][i]so they can help people like Layla [/i][/b](see her story below).[/p][p]Reading Refugee Support Group works towards the goal of an inclusive society, where refugees and asylum-seekers of diverse cultural backgrounds are treated with respect. This invaluable service seeks to meet people's essential needs and enable them to access their legal rights. It also helps them to play a role in the wider community, through English sessions, job hunting, our recently established football team and much more. Our charity is a real lifeline to our clients - sometimes literally.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Layla's story: this is why we need your support: [/b](names and details changed).[/p][p]In April someone brought Layla in to see us. LAYLA fled from Afghanistan when Russia invaded and fled to Pakistan with her husband. Over the next few years Layla gave birth to four children. [/p][p][br][/p][p]After each birth she was beaten by her husband, her brothers in law and her mother-in-law for not having given birth to a son.[/p][p]After the fourth girl was born her husband divorced her and moved to Europe where he remarried. Her brothers in-law were part of the Taliban and returned to Afghanistan telling her they would kill her if she ever returned to her old home.[/p][p]Layla somehow fled to the UK. She has huge mental health support needs and has been staying with Remi for 2 yrs. Remi couldn’t get any help from the Local Authority or social services because Layla has no recourse to public funding. Remi has her own family and can no longer cope with looking after Layla by herself. Remi finally brought Layla to us in desperation.[/p][p]RRSG volunteers started communicating with the Home Office in April 2018, seeking asylum for her, explaining previous circumstances and that Layla could not read, write or speak English and RRSG was acting for her.[/p][p]The Home Office did not respond to RRSG but wrote to Layla directly in English.[/p][p]In May the Home Office, ignoring medical advice from her doctor, turned up to relocate Layla, giving RRSG 1 days’ notice. We managed to get this over-turned after about 200 phone calls.[/p][p]In June, after continuing to ignore our efforts to communicate the Home Office tried to rehouse Layla away from all her support again and against medical advice.[/p][p]In desperation RRSG threatened the Home Office with legal action.[/p][p]After months of no communication from the Home Office, they were suddenly able to respond to the threat of legal action within [b]10 mins![/b][/p][p]In Aug 18 we finally succeeded in getting Layla into the supported accommodation that she had been [i]legally entitled[/i] [i]to[/i] at least [i]5 months ago, if not 2 years ago[/i]. It has taken huge amounts of volunteer and paid staff time just to help this one person.[/p][p]In 2017 we had 120 (numbers are rising) such cases of varying complexities. We helped 6 victims of slavery and trafficking into support programmes.[/p][p]We rely on donations, grants and fundraising to do this work.[/p][p][b]Please support our walkers as generously as you are able on the 24th.[/b][/p][p][i]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor us and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/i][/p]
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2018 Reading Legal Walk

2018 Reading Legal Walk

24 Sep 2018

Charity

London Legal Support Trust

London Legal Support Trust

Supporters

26-Sep-2018

Ann Dilloway

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

26-Sep-2018

bet

This is a donation received from a resident on Blakes Walk

£20.00

26-Sep-2018

Anonymous

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

26-Sep-2018

Zainab

Well done Team RRSG

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

25-Sep-2018

Anonymous

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

25-Sep-2018

The Warrens

Good luck Nick.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

24-Sep-2018

Anonymous

Well done RRSG.

£60.00 plus £15.00 Gift Aid

24-Sep-2018

Niamh Simon Conor and Eoin

Keep up the great work Nick.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

24-Sep-2018

Anonymous

£50.00

24-Sep-2018

Paul

Good luck best wishes

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid