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    Weʼve raised £180 to help Rodgers

    London, United Kingdom
    Funded on Monday, 2nd October 2017

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    Story

    I met Rodgers when I was in hospital last year. I was in a desperate state and Rodgers helped me enormously, refusing to let me give up. Now, our situation is reversed.

    Rodgers moved to London from Harare, Zimbabwe, on June 2, 1998. He studied law at Birkbeck, University of London. He has happily remained in the UK ever since.

    One day last August Rodgers was heading to Slough to mend his nephew's carpet. He was crossing a park when a Bull Terrier, off lead, ran up, growling, as if to bite him. Rodgers is very afraid of dogs. The altercation that followed between Rodgers and the dog's guardian led to her calling the police. When the police arrived they searched Rodgers's bag, and found the hammer and knife he was planning to use for the carpet. They also found a medical card in his wallet, as Rodgers, like me, suffers from bipolar disorder. He was arrested and spent the weekend in a cell, before being taken to Edgware Community Hospital, where we became friends. Rodgers was the fastest convert to veganism I have ever met! He left hospital just before I did, after which we both spent time at Suffolk House and Elysian House, recovery houses. While I travelled to Orkney, Rodgers was very happy to be accommodated by the council in a flat in East Dulwich.

    Since I've known Rodgers he has been in constant communication with the Home Office regarding his right to remain in the UK. He was recently informed that in order to be eligible to stay here he must have been continuously resident for 20 years. Rodgers has lived here for 19 years and 3 months. On August 28 he received a letter from the Home Office with their final decision: Rodgers has no basis of staying in the United Kingdom and must therefore make arrangements to leave. The Home Office based their decision on his 'criminal record' - that weekend in a cell - and the fact that he has a mental illness and has spent time in hospital. This morning both police and immigration officers came knocking at his door. When Rodgers did not answer they posted a letter through the box. The letter informs him that they have the right to break into the property.

    Rodgers is in a horrendous predicament. He has no remaining family in Zimbabwe, and, as he has told the Home Office, faces life there on the streets. The lawyer he has been using, free of charge, appears to have failed him. He went to an immigration lawyer and was advised that the initial consultation would cost £80. Rodgers has £40 in his wallet, and further payments are very likely to be suspended.

    I have set up this page to help support Rodgers through this next crucial period; to enable him to buy food, to keep him off of the streets, and, I hope, to enable him to access the expertise of an immigration lawyer.

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    • Claire Tröst1 year ago
      Claire Tröst

      Claire Tröst

      1 year ago

      ...He will spend £80 of what has been raised to get up to date with his payments. It is obviously very important that he has a phone. The future remains uncertain, but Rodgers and I are a lot more relaxed than we were yesterday. Thank you so much to those who have shared and donated. X

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    • Claire Tröst1 year ago
      Claire Tröst

      Claire Tröst

      1 year ago

      ...Fortunately he took the letter with him. He was given a new letter and advised to take it to a lawyer. Rodgers has been given an appointment with an immigration lawyer on Thursday, for a nominal fee. He has also been referred to the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. Further good news is that a friend offered temporarily to accommodate him, so he does not have the anxiety of remaining in his flat. His financial situation remains a worry, particularly as EE have disabled his phone connection...

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    • Claire Tröst1 year ago
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      Claire Tröst

      1 year ago

      Good news today! Rodgers left his flat early this morning and went to speak with someone from the local Citizens Advice Bureau. She was extremely helpful and advised him to go urgently to the Home Office. At the Home Office Rodgers was asked why he has not been reporting. It turns out that a 'mistake' was made. Rodgers had been informed in June, by letter, to report there next in December, but was expected to have been reporting every month! He was therefore any day now about to be forced onto a plane!...

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    4

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 5, 2017

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Sep 4, 2017

      Wonderful story. And both of you. He it wrks out ok.

      £10.00

    • Linda Brown

      Linda Brown

      Sep 2, 2017

      xxx

      £50.00

    • Claire Trost

      Claire Trost

      Sep 2, 2017

      Xxx

      £100.00

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