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 June 11 and 12 weekend


We had stalls at Belper Goes Green, St Peter’s Church and the Flea market.  All enabled us to meet new people and talk about the project.  We also sold a lot of raffle tickets and quite a few vintage clothes and books at the market stall.  Thanks to all those who helped out.


Spring Prize Draw in Refugee Week raises £500!

Belper’s first celebration of Refugee Week saw a packed No 28 enjoying the Welcome Meal of Middle Eastern soup and puddings. There was a buzz of excitement as Councillor Katie Harris, Mayor of Belper, drew the winning raffle tickets, assisted by Lyndy, one of our hard-working core group volunteers.

The draw raised a fantastic £470 and a very generous prize winner donated a further £30 to bring the grand total to £500! All prize winners have been informed and most prizes transferred to happy winners. One nice bit of serendipity is that a case of wine was won by a couple who have for years made up Aquaboxes – water purification kits plus humanitarian supplies for people in camps. We hope they really enjoy that wine!

Many thanks to all those who so generously donated prizes (listed below) and bought tickets and to Cllr Harris for helping with the draw.

Case of wine donated by Logobrand in Nottingham. 

Tea for Two at Beaurepaire Patisserie on King Street  

(Donated by Glor Cooke)

Vouchers for Redd Life Style Salon, High Street

Shopping vouchers from Strutt Clothing, Strutt Street

Shopping vouchers from The Co-op, Strutt Street

Afternoon Tea hamper from Morrisons

Voucher for family bowling session from Genesis, Alfreton

Bottle of wine from Rotary: Belper and Duffield

Voucher for a tour round The White Peak Distillery (worth about £30)

Dartington Glass

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Mayor Katie Harris & Lyndy draw the raffle

Thanks to your incredible generosity and enthusiasm, we have now received the sum required to make our application to the Home Office. This won’t be enough to support our family, so our fundraising continues. We were checking this week and it was confirmed that they are allowed to bring ‘one large suitcase each’ with them. Universal credit won’t be enough to set up a home and a new life on top of the contents of their suitcases.


Please keep fundraising so that we are able to provide a secure and comfortable home for the family – but also because it’s a really good way of spreading the word and getting involved.


We prefer you to donate via our JustGiving page as, if you are a tax payer, we can claim 25% extra. This has already given us an extra £1000! We also have a bank account with Lloyds and some donations are beginning to go directly in there especially when they are the result of a grant application e.g. from Belper Town Council.


So a huge THANK YOU to all those individuals and community groups below who have helped us raise money for Belper Refugee Welcome. So far this includes:


  • Thank you to Daniel and his work colleagues who held a collection for us

  • Thank you to Foundation Derbyshire who have given a grant towards training volunteers

  • Thank you Ripley Green Garters Morris Dancers who held a collection for us

  • Thank you to Amber Valley Rotary for a generous donation

  • Thank you to The Ryklow Charitable Trust for a generous donation

  • Thank you to The National Lottery

  • Thank you to the King William Pub in Milford for picking us to be the charity to which they will be donating the proceeds of their weekly pub quiz for 2022.

  • Thank you to Christ Church, Belper for a generous donation

  • Thank you to Belper Town Council for granting us a sum of money to cover our setting up costs

  • Thank you to Councillor Gez Kinsella for offering to help us successfully apply for a County Council grant towards our translation and interpreting costs

  • Thank you to Strutts Stitchers who donated the proceeds of a raffle

  • Thank you to the Yoga teacher and Keep Fit teacher who are donating the income from one of their classes

  • Thank you to Duffield Evening WI for inviting us to talk about the project and making a donation

  • Thank you to the individuals who have donated items which we can sell, and the supporter who is selling items for us on eBay.

  • Thank you to the Ritz for donating all proceeds from the Bondapalooza event.

  • Thank you to the Chevin Singers for their donation and individual support.

  • Thank you to the many individuals who have organised or supported our fundraising events, such as the Poemathon, the Bondapalooza, the Christmas Stall, the Book Stall and the Coffee Morning.

  • Thank you to all those individuals and businesses who have donated raffle prizes.

  • Thank you to those who have donated to our JustGiving page, either through a one-off donation or by a regular direct debit.

  • Thank you to those who have made anonymous, spontaneous donations. We don’t know who you are but a big Thank You!


And thank you also to those organisations and individuals who have generously enabled our fundraising.

These include:

  • No.28 and Christ Church Belper who have offered use of their premises .

  • Our wonderful graphic designer who donated design of all our publicity material without charge.

  • Our long-suffering webmaster, who uses his time to keep our website updated.



Raise some money with friends, family or group (and have a good time!) Need some ideas? Here are some ways that other Community Sponsorship groups have raised money.

Organise a sponsored walk; have a go at hosting a middle eastern food evening or lunch; now the weather is improving, organise a sponsored run, swim or bike ride; hold an auction of promises or a pre-loved clothes sale!

For more information about how to raise funds safely and legally, click here.

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