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What we do
The London Churches Refugee Fund (LCRF) enables churches and individuals to donate to multiple charities helping destitute refugees and asylum seekers in London. From your donations we make grants to front-line projects, typically for phone credit, hygiene items, food or fares to access drop-ins, language classes, solicitors, etc. To date we have raised and distributed over £250,000.
Why we do it
We were set up in 2007 at the request of a network of refugee charities in London. We are an ecumenical Christian-based organisation and inspired by the gospel, but support the relief of destitution among refugees regardless of creed or colour. You can read more about their situation under "About the need".
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Who we are
LCRF is run by voluntary trustees and an hon. Treasurer who between us do all the work. Our admin costs are almost nil.
Our patrons are Bishop Joe Aldred, Rt Revd Jonathan Clark, Mr Alfred Enoch, Rt Revd Patrick Lynch, Revd Andrew Prasad, and Revd the Baroness Richardson of Calow OBE.
Click below to read more about our aims, objectives, governance and trustees.
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About the need
Figures from the UN show that over 70 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced by persecution, conflict, violence or human rights violations. Most seek refuge in countries adjacent to their own, some make it to Europe, a tiny percentage come to the UK.
In the year to March 2020, there were 35,099 asylum applications here. Just over 20,000 people were offered asylum or other forms of protection on first application, almost 4,000 more on appeal, and there were 7,500 family reunification visas issued.
In total, nearly 700,000 people migrated to the UK so those seeking asylum represent just 5% of total migration to this country. And many bring valuable skills, for example as doctors or other health workers.
Once in this country, vulnerable people face a bewildering system of bureaucracy often referred to as the "hostile environment".
The 'lucky' ones may receive benefits known as asylum support while their claim is processed, including a roof over their head and just £37.75 a week to live on. Many can wait years for their case to be decided, meanwhile they are forbidden to work and often live in fear of detention and deportation.
Others fall through the cracks completely and end up utterly destitute. Simply put, this is the need we address: by making small grants to front line charities, we seek to relieve destitution among refugees and asylum seekers living in London.
without money, food, a home, or possessions'
Cambridge English Dictionary
Ways to donate. See all the options to the right.
We'd really love you to make a small donation each month, which needn't be a major commitment. Just £10 per month will mean we recognise you as a Foundation Donor. Of course, if you can give more than that, even better!
You can make either regular donations online through Paypal, or by standing order. It really helps us to know that we have money coming in regularly.
Don't forget to Gift Aid your donation if you are able! Your £10 a month will become £150 a year to us with Gift Aid. Download the form below.
One-off or regular donations online
Click the button below - you don't need a Paypal account, choose "donate with a card". Also supports Gift Aid.
Set up a standing order
Download and complete the form (see left) and return it to the address shown on it.
One-off donations by post
Make cheques payable to "London Churches Refugee Fund" and send to the Treasurer, LCRF, 144 Ladywell Road, London SE13 7HU. Be sure to enclose your contact details, including an email address if possible, so we may acknowledge your gift. To use Gift Aid, download the form (left) and send with your donation.
One-off donations by BACS
For our bank account details please see the Standing Order form or email [email protected] for info. To Gift Aid a BACS donation you still need to download the form (left) and send it separately.
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Asylum-seeker C is not allowed to work and has to survive on just £36.95 a week. One very rainy day she came to her therapy appointment at Freedom from Torture's London treatment centre wearing flip flops on her feet. She explained to her therapist that these were the only shoes she had. Her therapist applied to FfT’s relief fund, supported by LCRF, for a small grant so that she could buy herself some more suitable shoes.
From a case study in our 2019 Annual Report
'Your support enables the Fund to make grants that support front-line services. I cannot exaggerate the benefit your donations make for someone, man, women, a parent and child who is reduced to total dependence on other fellow human beings.’
Revd. Chris Brice, Chair of LCRF
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