22 Oct Alston staff donate bikes to refugees
This spring the Alston Moor Solidarity with Refugees group were asked if they could help to replace two bicycles that had been stolen from two twin boys in Blyth, Northumberland. The boys had moved to the area last year after travelling to the UK as refugees with their parents from a war-torn region of Syria and had been using the bicycles to get to and from their new school.
The group put a call out to all of its members including a member of Barhaugh staff, who passed it on to the instructor team at Barhaugh Hall.
Amazingly, offers for three different bicycles came in the space of 24 hours. We decided which ones were most appropriate for the two twelve year olds and they were with the boys within a week of the burglary.
We were sent through some photos of the boys riding the bikes and fixing them up. Sam said his bike has never looked cleaner! A big thank you to Liam, Gemma, Sam and Loz, who also helped us getting the bikes transported, for making such a beautiful gesture which has really made a positive difference to these two boys.
Bob and Merlyn are currently working with the Alston refugee action group to organise an event at Barhaugh Hall specifically for young resettled children and their families.