Community project to sponsor refugee family reaches £10k goal
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An Ottery community project to sponsor the resettlement of a Syrian refugee family in the local area has reached its £10,000 target.
ABIDE, which is overseen by Ottery Parish Church, is now preparing an application to the Government in the hope it can help people from the war-torn country.
In order to apply to the Home Office for approval as a sponsoring body within its community sponsorship scheme, the group first needed to raise £10,000 towards the costs of supporting a family for a two-year period.
One anonymous donor pledged £1,000 to the scheme.
Project leader Anna Roderick said: “We are really pleased with the support we have received so far.
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“We wanted to do something in particular in response to the refugee crisis.
“People are suffering and it is in our power to do something about it.
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“The support has been fantastic.
“The Government created the scheme, so we decided to use it as an opportunity.
“It’s a huge undertaking, but there are enough of us who feel it’s worth it.”
The group has already found a potential home to rent in the area for the refugee family. It is looking at how to settle the refugees when they move to the UK.
The £10,000 raised by the community will be kept in a restricted fund by the parish church.
If for any reason ABIDE is not able to proceed, for example, if it is not approved as a sponsoring body, the money donated will be given to another charity working with Syrian refugees.
To donate to the cause, visit totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/otterypcc-abide