Weʼre raising £2,000 to I'm running the Brighton marathon to help the Happy Baby Community which provides a safe, happy place for refugee mums and their children
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I hate running so why I have signed up to do the 2019 Brighton Marathon? Well its all for a good cause. I am raising money for the Happy Baby Community (charity number: 1181633), read about them below. So back to me running 42,195m on Sunday 14 April and why I am doing it when I really really don't like running. Ultimately its my choice
Being a new mum in a new city can be a terrifying experience. Without family or friends, London is a big and bustling metropolis where it is easy to get lost and even easier to feel very alone.
Now imagine doing all that when you don't speak the language very well, you don't understand the systems, and it has taken all that you have to escape from a terrifying place and situation. All of the mums we work with have survived some of humanity’s worst atrocities - this includes incidents of gender based violence, forced prostitution, modern day slavery and human trafficking.
These women and their young families have endured long, dangerous journeys to free themselves from these situations; they have come to London seeking safety here or some have been trafficked and held captive in the UK and have now escaped. These women with their young children or a new baby on the way - have little to call their own, they are entitled to a tiny allowance of £37.70 a week to pay for everything, and they find themselves reliant on the kindness of the people like you and me.
The Happy Baby Community in North London is where these mums and their children can grow and start to recover from these devastating experiences of the past. We run the Happy Baby Community in North London - but we can't currently help all the women who ask for us and many of our mums who come to our North London Community with their little babies live all over the city - they must travel for hours each time.
The women in the Community have complex physical, emotional and psychological needs, many having suffered years of being physically and emotionally abused or held captive.
Many of the women suffer with PTSD and severe depression, some are at high risk of suicide, especially when they feel unsupported and isolated. Many have terrible and lasting physical injuries, scars and burns or have suffered FGM. The Happy Baby Community’s medical and psychological teams provide one to one care to enable each woman to find ways to heal and flourish.
All they want is to give their children a chance of a better life, to study, to work and to participate as normal citizens.
What does your money get the Happy Baby Community?
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