Kindness to St Chad’s Sanctuary – thank you Bourton!

We have had lovely feedback from the refugees and volunteers from St Chad’s Sanctuary project in Birmingham. Their visit to Cold Aston, Hawling and Bourton in July really lifted their spirits and it warmed their hearts- to be welcomed and valued and have time to connect with friendly British people and learn abut our rural areas and nature. Some as victims of torture were frail and subdued but got real pleasure from being able to relax and take part in new positive experiences. By luck the weather was tropical and so they were able to enjoy visiting local homes and gardens and just sit and chat in the sunshine.

Groups then enjoyed visits to Greystones wildlife reserve, Birdland and Hawling seeing sheep farming at first hand. Friendly local people helped them enjoy and understand these beautiful places. They were so touched to receive a heartfelt warm welcome and experience of genuine British hospitality. Thanks to members of the community from many surrounding villages and help from the village Co-op store, (I’ve not seen so many scones in a long time!!) we all enjoyed a tremendous tea at the Bourton Baptist church. All of us who took part from Bourton and nearby villages, gained immeasurably from having the chance to meet and connect with brave and interesting people from over 20 countries. Ordinary people like us who have gone through things we hope we never have to experience.

Thanks also to everyone who helped us fill the “Big yellow Box with kindness”, so many times. Warm coats, walking shoes and boots, toiletries, trousers, jumpers, dresses, under wear, and games and things for children to enjoy were all transported back on their coach.

Thank you to everyone who took part and helped behind the scenes.

Diana Ray