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Community Trust makes donation to Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees

25 April 2022


Community Trust makes donation to Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees

25 April 2022

The Cheltenham Town Community Trust have shown their support for local charity, Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees, with a donation of kit and equipment to help towards their work supporting refugee families in the town.

Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees is a volunteer-led charity that provides support for refugees in Cheltenham.

They work to raise awareness and understanding of the issues faced by refugees in the UK, while also arranging community events to help families to meet up with one another to help them adjust with their new lives in the town.

The Community Trust have made a special donation to the charity after they reached out for support due to a growing interest in some of the people they help in playing football.

Andy Kirby from Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees said: "CWR are a group of volunteers established in 2015 to raise awareness of the refugee crisis and to support the refugees and asylum seekers settling and making new lives for themselves in Cheltenham.

"CWR tries to support them in various ways - from conversation classes to picnics and bike rides.

"We are currently in touch with a number of young men very keen to play football - which is important for physical and emotional health as well as good fun.

"This interest in football is shared across many backgrounds and nationalities and brings people together. 

"They are already beginning to support Cheltenham Town! This equipment will enable regular training sessions to become established."

Olly Roberts, Community Trust managed added: "We were delighted to play our part in providing kit and equipment for Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees.

"We recognise the fantastic work they do in the local area to support refugees when settling into life here in Cheltenham.

"We know all too well the positivity that playing sport can have on wellbeing, so we were keen to do what we could to support and we are very pleased to be able to contribute."

Photographed above is Andy Kirby from Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees with Olly Roberts from the Cheltenham Town Community Trust.

You can find out more about the charity and their work on their website online.

Elsewhere away from the Community Trust, on Saturday we were delighted to be joined by Misha and his grandparents at our final home match of the season against Bolton Wanderers.

Misha has moved to Cheltenham having fled Ukraine and we hope he enjoyed cheering on the team at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Saturday. We are very pleased to welcome him to Cheltenham.

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