St Albans fun day raises money for refugee family centre in Dunkirk
PUBLISHED: 21:00 14 March 2016 | UPDATED: 10:15 15 March 2016
A refugee charity doubled its fundraising target after a successful fun day on Saturday (5).
Refugee Fun Day 2016
There has been lots of fundraising locally to support refugees, including a fun day organised by Herts for Refugees
Cakes for sale at the Refugee Fun Day organised by Herts For Refugees
Volunteers Helen Furse, co-founders Sally Robinson and Siobhan Burleigh and julie McKinley at the Refugee Fun Day
The Refugee Fun Day organised by Herts For Refugees
Crafting at the Refugee Fun Day organised by Herts For Refugees
Stalls at the Refugee Fun Day organised by Herts For Refugees
Molly Ward, 2 with characters from frozen at the Refugee Fun Day
Face painting at the Refugee Fun Day
Herts For Refugees hoped to raise £1,000 to go towards a school and family centre at the Dunkirk refugee camp during their charity fun day.
But the group managed to more than double their target and raised £2.610 at the event, which took place at St Paul’s Church on Blandford Road.
The school will be built on private land, with permission from Dunkirk council and Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF-doctors without borders) as part of the new camp, so is not vulnerable to demolition.
The fun day included attractions, stalls and food for all ages, with visits from Frozen’s Queen Elsa and Sleeping Beauty.
Sally Robinson, organiser of the event, said: “The turnout was huge - one lady travelled for an hour to come and talk to us and give a large cash donation.
“Others shared stories of their children raising money through gigs in France. Many asked how they could help. The help from the community to set up and organise was immense.”
More information on the project can be viewed via Facebook.
To join or help Herts For Refugees, contact them via their Facebook page.