Biography

In the summer of 2015, a group of friends started a campaign on social media -#HelpCalais - to try to make a difference to the worsening situation for
refugees in the north of France.

We were soon at the forefront of a huge groundswell of support from the British public. In just a few weeks we had raised over £100,000 and we were receiving 7,000 physical donations every single day.

Help Refugees was born.

In the two and a half years since, we’ve provided vital humanitarian aid to hundreds of thousands of refugees across 12 countries.

We manage distribution centres in France and Greece, and provide funding, support, volunteers and coordination to grassroots organisations in the UK, France, Greece, Italy, Serbia, Croatia, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.

We continue to challenge governments and larger NGOs to uphold their international commitments and obligations. We’ve taken the UK Home Office to the High Court* over its commitment to unaccompanied minors in Europe, and the French state to court over human rights abuses in Calais.

Our work shows how ordinary people can step up and make a real difference to the lives of those in need.

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The store is inspired by the iconic slogan Choose Love that was designed for Help Refugees