Thank-you to everyone who has submitted a message of solidarity for refugees. These are truly wonderful and we are moved by your love and dedication to support refugees. Sometimes words can have more power and effect than material donations. Your voice can also support people and give hope.
As we prepare for our trip on Saturday 17th to do activities with refugee children in Northern France; we ask you to submit a message of hope and solidarity for families and children that we can deliver, on your behalf.
You can add yours by visiting our:
Below are some of the messages that have been submitted over the past few days:
“During the last two years I have met some of the strongest people with the bravest spirits in Greece and France, who have come to Europe in search of a new home and safety. The love, strength and energy I have seen in people’s eyes will never leave me. I have so much admiration for you. For what you have survived and the determination I have met in the people in Greece and France. Beautiful babies and children, you will be a part of making this a new world, never stop dancing, singing and laughing. Hold onto what makes you sparkle. You have an inner resilience you aren’t aware of right now, this is your power. Hold onto solidarity for each other, be kind to and look after each other. I have every belief that you will go onto to live your lives truly as you want, safely and surrounded with love. ”
“A very big and warm welcome to you, I am so happy you have made it here. I can only imagine what awful difficulties you must have gone through, please know that I think of you often and I pray each day that you can build a new life for you and your family. I care about you a lot and wish there was more I can do to help you, I know I’m not the only one, there are a lot of people in Europe who love you and wish only the best for you. Stay strong, keep the faith, sending you lots of love Eva
I cannot pretend to fully understand what you have been through, and the ongoing struggles you face. What I do know, is that across Europe, there are millions of people – like me – who think about you every day, and want to welcome and support you in forging a new future for yourselves.
Europe has many ongoing struggles with conflicting political views and attitudes. You may encounter people who are not very welcoming, or sympathetic to your situation, and when this happens please remember that there are many others who believe in you, and want to help.
I wish you every success in building a new life in Europe, and hope you will receive kindness throughout your ongoing journey. Do not give up hope. Be the change you want to see in the world.”
“I hope soon gives you all the life you deserve . Stay strong and please believe we care xxx” Linda
“YOU ARE WELOME!!”
“I’m sending you all the love and strength that I can muster for you on your journey and – not that I am particularly religious – I prey that you are kept safe. What you have gone through and are going through is unbelievable and frightening and I admire your strength and tenacity greatly. I hope you get to a destination that is safe and warm soon. I hope we can welcome you in the UK. I think of you often and send you solidarity and love.” Anna
“Welcome to Europe. I can’t imagine how difficult it has been for you to leave your home, friends and families.
I hope you can be happy here, you are loved” Kim Bryant
“From the North of England…many women I know and myself, we are mothers and grandmothers, we think of you, support you, we welcome you. We send you love and solidarity. You are always in my thoughts.” Jade
“You all matter to me. Your happiness, your health, your well-being. You all matter to me.” May Jay Ali
I cannot imagine the journey has been easy, perhaps not always welcoming, but we are honored to have you with us now.
My grandparents were also refugees, forced to leave their homes at a young age, fleeing from bombs and fighting, without parents, often hungry and scared. It takes a lot of strength and courage to keep your spirit in such difficult circumstances, but our world is so much richer for having these people. My grandparents are some of the kindest and wisest people I know and our countries will be so much greater for having people like you here with us. Please ignore anyone who is unkind or who makes you feel unwelcome, they are sad, fearful people. There are so many people, such as myself, who are so pleased you are here and can’t wait to meet you; hear your songs, try your cooking and exchange stories with you. What a special opportunity to share our lives together.
We are so happy you could come, I am only sorry I cannot be there to greet you with a big smile and open arms to tell you, you are so very welcome.”
“I am so sorry for the pain you have experienced so far. I want you to know that a lot of people feel for you.
We hope that the UK and the whole of Europe come to their senses and finally give you the help you deserve.
Lots of people in the UK and France want to see you happy and settled in your new countries.”
“You may not see it or feel it all the time, but there is a huge amount of love for you here in europe. Stay strong, keep hope in your hearts, and never let go of your dreams or the things that you love. I wish you all the best of luck in your journey, and hope you find peace at the end of it. Lots of love, Harry x
Welcome to a new start brave, hopeful one(s)!
It’s with open arms we are here to help, support and guide in the way we are able to as mere human beings.
You have come so far to be here today.
Never give up!
Love, peace and warmth.
Best wishes from a family who will always keep you in their thoughts.”
“Don’t allow your hearts and minds to soak in any of the rubbish in some of UK newspapers. We’re a loving lot and we so want for your well-being and laughter. We should all be thriving. Please know that we want and are striving for change so you can be fully you and your family without struggle.”
“Hello to all you wonderful and amazing souls.
I would like to say that I hope you are all safe and that one day you will be able to find a lovely home for you and your family.
I know you have gone through some difficult times but I would like to say that you are all in my prayers and you are all welcome to come and live in the UK.”