The Refugee Welcome Wanstead crowdfunder has reached its target of £5,000.
A spokesperson for Wanstead Parish, one of the five member churches of the community sponsorship group, said: “We’re over the moon about reaching our target, especially during this difficult time. Thank you so much to everyone who donated, supported, shared and left kind comments on our crowdfunding page. The support has been incredible. With eight days still to go [as of 1 May], we have now added a stretch target of £6,000. We had a funding shortfall of around £9,000 to make up, so any additional funds raised will go towards reducing that amount even further. As COVID-19 reaches Syria, and refugee camps around the world hunker down, knowing that we will be able to lift one family out of poverty gives us great satisfaction.”
Who are Refugee Welcome Wanstead?
Five churches in the Redbridge and Waltham Forest area: St Mary’s Woodford, Wanstead Parish, Our Lady of Lourdes, St Gabriel’s and St Peter’s-in-the-Forest, have formed a Community Sponsorship group in order to support and absorb a refugee family into our community.