Bedales supporting the Rural Refugee Network

Posted on 19th June 2019

Pupils from Bedales and Bedales Prep, Dunhurst have supported the Rural Refugee Network fundraising effort by creating artwork for a major Art sale, and also helping prepare for the annual exhibition held at Bordean House, near Petersfield on 13 June.

The charity’s founder and Co-chair of the Board of Trustees, Julia Thistleton-Smith commented on Bedales’ contribution: “This year’s event was our most successful yet. Thank you all for your wonderful support. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate what I can only describe as an outpouring of support from Bedales. It makes such a difference to our own motivation to get a boost like this.”

Head of Bedales, Magnus Bashaarat, commented: “We are keen for our students to get involved in helping others in this way. I am delighted we could provide both creative input and a very willing workforce to help make the Art Sale fundraiser such a success. Congratulations to all involved.”

62 pupils from Block 1 (year 7) at Dunhurst and Bedales Sixth Form contributed artwork together with Dunhurst’s Head of Art & Design, Susan McFarlane.

Established in 2015, the RRN helps bring refugees to safety in the UK and to resettle into their new communities, offering grants for education, training and employment to families and young people placed across Hampshire. The RRN also campaigns on behalf of Syrian refugees and unaccompanied minors with the aim of debunking myths, building bridges and ultimately saving lives.

There is more information on the RRN here. The charity would be particularly interested to hear from people who can help with refugee housing in Hampshire.