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£6.5k raised by alumni and supporters to support Newcastle’s refugee community over Christmas

£6.5k raised by alumni and supporters to support Newcastle’s refugee community over Christmas

13 January 2022

Newcastle alumni and supporters donated almost £6,500 in the lead up to Christmas to provide care packs and holiday gifts to refugee and asylum-seeking families in the region.

The appeal was in aid of student-led initiative North East Solidarity and Teaching (N.E.S.T), who provide teaching and holistic support for members of the forced migration community.

N.E.S.T hoped to raise £3,500 before Christmas to support the hundreds of families they work with, providing not only essential care packs, but also gifts over the holiday period.

Alumni and supporters of Newcastle University generously donated £5,270 to the appeal in just two weeks. With Gift Aid added to these donations, a grand total of £6,478.25 was raised to support N.E.S.T’s vital work.

Paul Tyack, Director of Advancement at Newcastle University, was proud to support the campaign. He said:

“N.E.S.T is an incredibly special project that gives practical assistance, friendship and hope to refugee and asylum-seeking families across Newcastle. My family and I were pleased to be able to support this appeal to raise funds for gifts for children who may otherwise not receive a present over the holiday season.”

Through N.E.S.T, Newcastle University students volunteer their time to teach and support asylum-seeking and refugee families every day on campus.

The initiative is organised by Newcastle alumna Bridget Stratford MBE, who was recently recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for her work supporting the refugee community during the COVID-19 pandemic.