The Guardian and Observer newspapers’ annual Christmas appeal will focus on raising funds for six refugee charities, including the Refugee Council.
The #WeStandTogether appeal, which launches today, urges readers to donate to the chosen charities in order to help refugees in Britain and across the world. As part of the appeal, the newspapers will profile the charities’ vital work throughout the winter months.
Since 1951 the Refugee Council has supported people in desperate need, forced to flee their homes due to war, persecution or torture and who come to the UK seeking safety.
We deliver services to extremely vulnerable people in the UK, including traumatised children arriving alone, survivors of torture, and those forced into homelessness and destitution. The Refugee Council also advocates for a fair and humane UK system so that refugees can rebuild their lives in a welcoming place of safety.
Refugee Council Head of Advocacy Dr. Lisa Doyle: “We’re absolutely delighted that the Guardian has chosen to shine a spotlight on the global refugee crisis while simultaneously helping to raise much needed funds to help asylum seekers and refugees directly.
“The plight of refugee men, women and children has dominated the political and public agenda throughout 2015 and as winter takes hold the situation for many people is set to dramatically worsen.
“Now, more than ever, the support of the public is needed to make sure some of the most vulnerable people in our society have food on their tables, a safe place to sleep and support to begin rebuilding their lives. We hope the Guardian and Observer’s readers are able to give as generously as they can.”