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A Summer Celebration of 10 years of Room to Heal

News 4 July 2017

We would like to thank all of you who came to our 10th Anniversary Summer Party on Friday. We had so much fun!! We were really moved by the turnout, the warmth and energy of our friends and supporters – some who’ve been by our side from the beginning, some new.

Our members’ storytelling was beautiful and powerful: stories spanning the globe, from kite-flying in Pakistan, mischievous monkeys in Ethiopia, the anxiety of a Home Office asylum interview and the endless waiting that follows, speaking your truth when the truth is hard to bear and to hear, and a chance encounter at Dalston Market. Thank you Ahmed and Tom for the beautiful musical performances: a crowd-rousing Iranian love song and a folk tune about leaving home. And thank you Thirru for a magnificent dance performance. It blew us away.

The awesome Tashkezar – Arabic/Balkan folk band – played a fantastic gig for us which meant that we merrily danced the night away celebrating our 10th Anniversary with high energy and joy. Thank you so much Tashkezar, and also Jam in a Jar for coordinating the speakers etc.

We really enjoyed delicious home-cooked food from our amazing team of members and volunteers, coordinated by Super-Jane and Super-Sally. We’d really like to thank the following for contributing wine and fine craft ales (Made by Many, Pressuredrop and Beavertown Brewery), ingredients for our meal that would otherwise have made surplus food waste from FareShare London, as well as tasty sourdough from E5 Bakehouse, and colourful flowers from The Green Room Cafe around the corner.

The togetherness we all felt at the party tied in with our director, Mark Fish’s speech. When reflecting both on the community of Room to Heal and on the recent atrocities and Grenfell tragedy in London, we were reminded that what seeks to divide us, in fact brings us together. And what brings us together is our shared human experience of vulnerability.

As the Chair of Trustees, Penny Farrar said in her welcome speech, we could not be where we are now if it weren’t for the funders who have supported us along the way:

And if you haven’t already, please do donate to our JustGiving page, or sponsor Dame and Mamadou who are running 10k this Sunday. Your support is really appreciated and every donation helps.

THANK YOU!!

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