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Carol's Sheffield Poem-a-thon for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

I am taking part in this event on 2nd April for ASSIST Sheffield because I want to support people who have lost so much

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ASSIST Sheffield

The relief of those who are seeking refuge and are in conditions of need, hardship or distress. The advancement of the education of the public, and organisations (statutory and voluntary) to assist the inclusion of such inhabitants into the wider community

Charity Registration No. 1154862

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I'm a published poet, a Spoken Word and Comedy performer. I have previously performed at charity events in Salford/Manchester to help raise money/clothing donations etc to help the Homeless, also at Wharf Chambers in Leeds to raise funds to help Refugee and Asylum Seekers.

So pleased to be involved with this event in Sheffield where local poets have generously volunteered their time to read and help at our own Sheffield Poem-a-thon to raise money for ASSIST who support refused asylum seekers here in the city.  These asylum seekers are not allowed to work, to register themselves as homeless or to be placed in local authority night shelters. Many become destitute, struggling daily for food, accommodation and clothing. ASSIST says that:

  • £5 could cover expenses for a weekend’s hospitality for an asylum seeker in need of somewhere to sleep
  • £17 could cover travel expenses to enable an asylum seeker to get to medical and legal appointments      
  • £20 could give a vulnerable asylum seeker a week’s ASSIST grant to enable them to buy some food

On 2nd April, we have a lovely venue for our Poem-a-thon -  the Art House in Backfields - with its own cafe in the city centre. Entry is free and 50 poets will be reading from 10am - 6pm. There will be a bookstall, a tombola with great prizes, tea, coffee, cakes. Please sponsor me or any of the other poets in our team. Any other cash raised through sales on the day will go to charities supporting refugees stranded just across
the Channel in Northern France.

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