Refugee fundraising event in Newtown hailed as 'incredible'

Reporter:

Jonny Drury

A COUNCILLOR has hailed the incredible support for a town’s refugee support group’s first fundraising event.

After being set up, Newtown’s Refugee Support Group held their first fundraiser at the Elephant and Castle on Saturday, with more than 100 people turning out in support.

They were entertained by Ceilidh band, Phonic, who gave their services for free, with the hotel donating the room free of charge.

Hundreds of pounds were raised to help refugee families who have now been settled in the town, as well as refugees in camps in Jordan and Lebanon.

Cllr Rina Clarke, spokesperson for the support group, said after recent comments regarding refugees in Newtown, it was ‘incredible’ at the  support that has been received for the support group and the weekend’s event.

She said: “It wasn’t just to help the local families who have moved in, but for the refugees in the wider sense.

“We had 120 who turned out to help the event and the response was incredible.

“We’ve raised hundreds and hundreds of pounds and that will help a lot of people.

“It was wonderful to have that type of support.

“So many people have got in touch to give their support and with the town council to donate clothes and money to help these people.

“These people are living in horrible circumstances and they need our help.”

The support group was set up when refugee families were re-settled in Newtown, and are planning events to help raise funds.

Cllr Clarke thanked those involved in the fundraiser and added: “Comments have been made by half a dozen people out of a population of 13,000, and the fundraiser on Saturday showed the overwhelmingly positive support.

“The majority of people have been incredible.

“Thanks to the band and the Elephant and Castle, people who came, businesses and people who donated raffle prizes.”

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