I have been meaning to write something for a really long time, or maybe it just feels like a really long time… I don’t know. What I do know is that I am physically and mentally exhausted whilst being simultaneously elated to the point of bouncing!
One of my new roles has been Project Manager of the Christmas fundraiser for Side by Side Refugees, a local charity that has been providing humanitarian aid to those in Calais and Northern France for the last two years.
I means a lot to me for a number of reasons.
I feel completely overwhelmed by the trust and encouragement my team have given me, including Founder & Chairperson Katrina. I could not have ever hoped for a better team and I honestly feel that they have given me such an incredible gift by allowing me to take the reins and challenge myself.
It is also really important to be able to do something when for a long time the refugee crisis has felt like something too big for me, too much, too painful, something I would sink under. This is me doing something, using my skills, persuasive tactics, and life-learnt experience to encourage people to be generous, to love more, love harder, and support such a great group of people who have worked so hard.
My memory still holds on to the image of Aylan washed up on a beach.
He drowned. He was younger than my eldest daughter is now.
He drowned running from death.
This is important and if I can do anything for the poor souls who have experienced tragedy like that first-hand then I will.
I realise a lot of that was heavy. But the next bit isn’t!
Christmas is in 3 months! The wonderful artist and illustrator James Mayhew has created two Christmas card designs, and we are rewarding supporters for donating with packs of cards AND gorgeous limited edition prints! If you donate you shall be rewarded!
Click here to be taken to the Crowdfunder where you will find a ton of information, links, and teasers of the cards to whet your appetite. These are not available in the shops, they are not going to be found anywhere else, they are unique to Side By Side, and you don’t want to miss out!
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