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Incredible support for Afghan refugees

 

As part of RGS’s ongoing commitment to support the wider community through the #RGSWeCare initiative, we put out an urgent appeal for donations of toiletries to help Afghan refugees and the response from Reigatians was incredible.

The crisis in Afghanistan resulted in many families arriving in the UK with no personal items. They were having to quarantine in hotel rooms for three weeks, before being relocated to temporary housing. They could not leave to go to the shops to buy provisions, as they were limited to 15 minutes of outdoor time in 24 hours.

We are proud to work closely with local charity Stripey Stork who highlighted this urgent need for toothpaste, toothbrushes, shower gel, soap, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, nappies and much more.

Within hours of circulating this request, donations started arriving! In all, we received an overwhelming haul with over seventeen boxes of items collected. We are so grateful to all those who supported this initiative.

We have recently trialled an outreach elective where students spend time each week with the Stripey Stork volunteers, with a different challenge set at each session. The sessions have been productive and fun, and students have contributed lots of good ideas. The Afghan refugee appeal helped these young people see how much these items were needed and the immediate impact they had… a really rewarding project for all involved.

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