FUND-raising dinner for the action group Bromsgrove and Redditch Welcomes Refugees attended by the first Syrian families to arrive in Worcestershire has proved a resounding success.
More than 100 supporters from across the political spectrum packed the Town Hall in support of the organisation and to reinforce the message that Redditch stands firm against any and all forms of racism.
On the menu was a delicious selection of samosas, kebabs, curry, rice and naan bread served by a team of hard working volunteers.
Borough Mayor Councillor Joe Baker said: “More than a year ago I stood in County Hall in Worcester informing the leading group of the need to show compassion to those torn from their homes, families and way of life.
“Many of us have been ridiculed for our support of this cause, with some saying ‘charity begins at home’ but if we only open our hearts we can all find room to help.”
A raffle and auction on the night together with ticket sales added to a major fund raising drive means BRWR is closing in on raising £6,000 to help refugees both locally and in the camps of northern Greece and the Middle East.