Families helping families through Sports Relief

I had lots of quality time with everyone over last weekend….well maybe not so much the hubby – because we were both being a busy pair of bees flitting from one house/ childcare job to the other. At times I did feel like throttling my little son, but most of the time I wanted to cuddle and kiss him to bits. My daughter continues to grow rapidly but still appreciates cuddles too.

Sport relief will help raise money for vulnerable children across the UK and elsewhere – particularly in Syria. One of the Radio 1 DJs recorded an interview with a family in Jordan, who fled Syria, their home, possessions etc for their safety. 

They lost their father en route when he was kidnapped and later discovered he had been killed. All they can hope for is surviving day by day. One lady said she would rather live in a tent for the rest of her life than go back to Syria.

All families should feel safe and have good health and wellbeing, regardless of ethnicity and origin. 

Which is why initiatives such as Sport Relief are so vital – giving those who exist in peace, the opportunity to help those living in turmoil.

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The right time to give

The fire is roaring, I have a belly full of food and children happy and sleeping upstairs.

But Oxfam have reminded me that there are families who have fled the conflict in Syria, who are in desperate need as winter sets in. They are going without basics like food and clean water. Not knowing what tomorrow will bring. 

I would like to think if I was in need and my children in danger, that other people in the world would help in whatever way they could.

So I am going to donate, as much as I can considering the cost of Christmas. My husband and I don’t bother with gifts so the money we would normally spend can go towards help.

Which is why throughout the year I also blog to fundraiser for UNICEF because charity is not just for Christmas.

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UKs north South Divide For Refugees?

The latest news from the Home Office sees one of their ministers visit a Syrian family who have recently settled in the UK. Is this the start of a truly multicultural society or will the country’s North/South divide be repeated in the way refugees are re-located…..

I hope not.

The UK’s new Minister for Syrian Refugees has visited some of those who have been given sanctuary in this country to see how coming here has changed their lives.
Richard Harrington went to Bradford to meet a group of Syrian families and to speak to those who are helping them to settle in the community.
The families were welcomed to the UK among more than 5,000 people who have been given refuge here since the conflict in Syria began.
The government has announced that it will bring a further 20,000 of the most vulnerable Syrians to the UK from the refugee camps set up for those fleeing violence at home.

Mr Harrington, who was appointed as the Minister for Syrian Refugees in September to co-ordinate the resettlement operation, said:
We want to bring the refugees from Syria here as quickly as possible – but we have to make sure we get it right for them.
I have spoken to those who are delivering the scheme on the front line. They spoke candidly about what has worked well, where things could be improved and what pressures they will face as the scheme grows – be it in school places, healthcare or housing. Their experiences will be critical to the success of the scheme as it expands.
I have also spent time with families who are now starting a new life in the UK. Listening to the stories of their journeys, their ordeal in the camps and how Britain has helped them start again, I was deeply proud of what we have already achieved.
But we have much more work ahead.
The minister’s first priority is to increase the number of arrivals via the government’s Vulnerable Persons Resettlement (VPR) scheme by working with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to identify those who need our help the most.
Many have been injured or suffered psychological trauma. Others will need wider health or social care support. UNHCR staff will provide support on the ground and give us their expert view on those who most need our assistance.
The UK has provided more than £1.1 billion in humanitarian aid – more than any other country in the world except the United States – to support those who have fled the Syrian conflict.
The government has also set up a new Organised Immigration Crime Task Force to work with our European partners to tackle the gangs of people-smugglers who are preying on the vulnerable by claiming to offer them the route to a new life in the EU.

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a powerful message from a fellow blogger

Further to yesterday’s blog – please read this powerful insight into the minds of two mothers – one who takes things for granted and one who has nothing to take for granted: 

(Reblog) A Letter from One Mother to Another

Dear Irresponsible Migrant Mother, What exactly were you thinking when you woke your children in the dead of the  night, picking up the baby still asleep?  Don’t you know how important it is for children to get enough sleep? They’ll be cranky during the day if they don’t sleep enough.  They won’t develop properly if […]


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A world that shows compassion not regret when it’s too late

It is easy to hide from the news. I don’t tend to buy newspapers, I don’t like watching the television news and I occasionally stumble upon the news when I am listening to the radio.

And I work in a news environment….

So at work I have no choice. In front of a computer screen for 8 hours I see headlines. 

With the refugee crisis (finally journalists have started to refer to the people fleeing their countries as refugees rather than ‘migrants’) there was no escape from the brutal and deeply tragic reality of families desperate to get a future for their children. No one takes    A journey across rough seas in a little inflatable boat in darkness without believing that is there best chance for life. 

Europe’s leaders have turned their back on a war that has uprooted so many people from so many countries – on a scale not seen since the Second World War. 

What I am heartened by is the public outcry, finally there is the public response that has been long overdue. It’s just incredibly sad it takes a picture of a dead child to inspire people to take action. If Aryan’s death and that of his brother had been reported in writing, would the strength of response been as great. It is easier to turn your back on words. Pictures remain in the public consciousness far longer. It could have been your child – no one should be in a situation where risking their child’s life is the only option.

Let’s hope this public response is not fickle and that there is finally a change in thinking. Let’s move away from this anti-migrant, anti-Europe, population control mentality. The world is smaller, we are a global society and morally times have and should have changed. Let’s share and show compassion for people, wherever they are, who need protection. 

I would like to think others would help us if we were faced with civil war – for we are all a few wrong political decisions away from creating a world we’d regret.

This blog is for UNICEF – who protect vulnerable children worldwide regardless.

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UK for Syria

Following my email via the Oxfam and Amnesty campaign regarding supporting refugees in Syria, I was pleased to reveive the following response from my local MP:

Thank you for your e-mail about refugees from the Syria crisis.   I share your concerns about their plight and I believe that we need to make sure we are doing everything we can to help alleviate the immense suffering in this country.

The UK is leading the world in responding to the humanitarian disaster.  We have provided £700 million for the Syrian relief effort so far, the most of any country other than the USA.  This is helping to provide food, water and shelter to hundreds of thousands of displaced Syrians every day.

The Vulnerable Persons Relocations scheme announced in January is up and running, and has already welcomed many Syrians to the UK.  This scheme will make a real difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable Syrians by giving them protection and support in the UK.  The Government will continue to bring groups to the UK on a regular basis and envisages that several hundred people will be helped through this scheme over the next three years.

This is in addition to the asylum claims which the Government has been considering – and will continue to consider – under its normal rules.  Since the crisis began we have taken in around 3,800 Syrian asylum seekers and we are a leading contributor to the EU’s Regional Protection Programme, which provides refugees with education, training, water and sanitation, and promotes improved access to basic rights and legal assistance.

I have provided for your interest, a link to the factsheet issued by the Department for International Development which details how the UK is supporting the Syrian people.  You may access this at: http://tinyurl.com/o95u5el

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Two minutes

That’s all it takes to email your MP via charity websites to help save lives before the end of the year.

If you have two minutes to spare online visit:

Amnesty – to ask your MP to do more for the 3.5 million Syrian refugees who have nowhere to go


Oxfam – to ensure your MP is present to vote on a bill on Friday that will provide 0.7 per cent of the UK’s GDP to international aid.

Lets get them thinking about more important issues than fighting UKIP’s bullshit.

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