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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Justice and Peace Refugee Project News

"We cannot remain insensitive, our hearts deadened, before the misery of so many innocent people. We must not fail to weep. We must not fail to respond."

Pope Francis, September 2019


Thank you for your enormous generosity

The Steering Group of the Diocesan Justice and Peace Refugee Project wish to express our heartfelt thanks for the generosity being shown towards the work of the project at present. Your contributions at a time of hardship for many of us – show a kindness and humanity that is truly humbling. They are making a huge difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of our community. God bless you.


Refugee Project Update:

The Refugee Project now operates from St Vincent’s Support Centre, New Bridge Street, Newcastle NE1 2TQ. We are hugely grateful to the parishes and individuals who continue to support this work both with food and financial contributions. You are making a positive difference to the lives of hundreds of people as a result.

We are attempting to ensure that we have a current link person in each parish with whom we can communicate over food collections and provide updates on project developments. If your parish doesn’t currently have a link person, doesn’t seem to be receiving updates, or if your contact person has changed recently, we are keen to make contact. Please get in touch with Sara Harris, the Project Co-ordinator.

Until parishes are able to fully resume food collections, we continue to find it difficult to meet the demand for food from donations and are purchasing additional items weekly. Anything further that can be done to assist with parish collections would be very much appreciated. The list of items we are currently collecting is available here. We are delighted to receive donations of food, clothing and footwear on Mondays between 10.30am and 1.30pm, unless an alternative prior arrangement has been made with Sara.

We very much welcome financial contributions too and our new bank account is: DHN, Justice & Peace Refugee Project sort code 40–34–18, account number 52854058. Alternatively, cheques made payable to DHN, Justice & Peace Refugee Project can also be sent to Sara Harris, Refugee Project Co-ordinator, St. Vincent’s Support Centre, New Bridge Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2TQ. Gift-Aiding your donation where possible makes a big difference; thanks to those who did so in the tax year 19/20 we were able to claim back £1,620 from HMRC. The process is simple and doesn't cost you anything other than the time to complete a form. There is a Gift Aid Declaration form here or you can request one from Marjory Knowles by email: marjory.knowles@gmail.com or tel: 07929 343418.

For more details about our work and how you can get involved, please contact Sara Harris, Project Co-ordinator by email: sara.harris@diocesehn.org.uk or tel: 07407 091184. Thank you so much for your on-going support, it is very much appreciated.