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Run, Swim, Bake for Refugees

As lockdown is easing and we are slowly and carefully opening up again, we are delighted to share with you that we have submitted an application to sponsor another refugee family. The first family are doing really well despite all the difficulties of the pandemic. Some of the adults are starting to find jobs and the children are loving school and all are doing well learning English, which is such good news.

We have secured another 5-bedroom house, so we hope to help another large family fleeing war and destruction to rebuild their lives in Canterbury.

We will need to raise another £9000 to furnish a house, provide for food, clothing and other essentials when the family first arrive, fund English lessons and much more.


Chris and Svenja are taking on another running challenge:

Together we will try to run 793km, which is the distance from one end of Syria to the other. Obviously, we will not be running in Syria but in and around Canterbury. We aim to complete this challenge between April and the end of June and we are nearly 2/3 of the way!

Please support Canterbury Welcomes Refugees to resettle a second refugee family by donating through the ‘Donate’ button. If you can help in other ways, such as furniture and furnishings, please email


Our friend Vicky is undertaking an epic swimming challenge. In the summer she is attempting to swim the English Channel and she will donate half the money she raises to CWR. Thank you, Vicky! Please support her in her amazing challenge on:


… after all the running and swimming, we will need some refreshments! CWR supporters are offering a fundraising ‘bake off’ and will invite family and friends to raise funds for CWR by eating lots of delicious cakes. Yummy!

Thank you to everyone who is helping to raise money to support another refugee family.

We would also like to thank our Patron Bishop Rose, the Bishop of Dover for her wonderful support for those fleeing war and violence in many parts of the world.

Thank you for your ongoing support for Canterbury Welcomes Refugees. With your help, we hope to welcome another family fleeing war and destruction to find safety and a new life in Canterbury.


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