Crowdfunding for Bristol Refugee Rights

by Chris Bertram on June 18, 2017

Crooked Timber community! I write to tell you about a charitable organisation that I’m involved with (I’m Chair of the Board of Trustees) and its current fundraising initiative. The charity is Bristol Refugee Rights, and we provide welfare, advice and education services, as well as a place to hang out and a hot meal for refugees and asylum seekers in the Bristol area. One of our services is our Early Years Project, which provides a creche for the children of refugees, which is particularly useful to enable their parents to attend classes to learn English or access our other services. It also provides a nurturing environment for small children who have had a really rough start in life and whose families are often subsisting at near destitution levels, as the British government only assists them to the tune of £5.32 a week (and some have less or nothing) on top of their housing in, again, very poor conditions. We need money to keep the service running and do things like pay the wages of the staff who run the creche. If you can, please give generously.

Here’s the link to the crowdfunding campaign, which is now going into its last 2 days.

Please give. And please share the campaign on your Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

And here’s a video about the campaign:



Doug Weinfield 06.18.17 at 5:53 pm

I’d love to donate, but I’m extremely reluctant to sign up for another account for another fundraising group. Just give me a page where I can provide my credit card or Paypal info and I’d kick in $25–is there a place to do that?


Ingrid Robeyns 06.18.17 at 6:30 pm

I know the real reason to give is for the children’s sake, the families’ sake, and, if one cares, to make a political statement that one opposes the recent rise of xenophobia in Europe (and beyond). But in addition, I also donated to say ‘thank you’ to Chris for being one of the founders of this blog, for the many insightful pieces he gave us, and the weekly delightful pictures.

So you see, there are many reasons why one could decide to give a donation… and even if only 1 percent of our readers gives a donation, it will make a significant difference to the success of this fundraising.


Chris Bertram 06.18.17 at 6:47 pm

Hi Doug, the other main way of giving to BRR is via Localgiving, but that has the same drawbacks (though there are a lot of opt-outs on not receiving future contact).


JimV 06.18.17 at 10:38 pm

Doug, I used the OP link and was able to donate with an email address and a credit card, without joining the organization.


Maria 06.19.17 at 8:44 am

+1 to JimV – I wasn’t over the moon about yet another fundraising platform etc. but I donated with email + cc about a week ago and have had no spam from them.


Chris (merian) W. 06.20.17 at 8:20 pm

I was able in the end to use the Localgiving link with PayPal, but the Fundsurfer people process cards through something my (US, credit union issued) card refuses to cooperate with. (Possibly a financial institution in a tax haven, like Luxembourg.) No need to create an account at either link, by the way.

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