On Tuesday 8th October 2019 Ellie Stacey and Penny Dane ( BRSG trustees) attended the national Community Sponsorship Awards ceremony in Canada House, Trafalgar Square. This is a big event, celebrating Community Sponsorship in the UK and there are awards for many different categories. We are very proud to announce that Bude Refugee Support Group won ‘Community Sponsorship Group of the Year 2019’ for our work in being a pioneering group, and being the first group in the UK to sponsor a second family. The Community Sponsorship scheme has gone from strength to strength and around 400 refugees have now arrived in the UK with the help of groups around the country. The South West is particularly well represented with over 80 refugees having arrived here under the scheme.
BRSG members continue to support the two refugee families now living here. Bude has proven to be a friendly, warm and hospitable sanctuary for the families, and we would like to thank all our supporters in Bude, Cornwall, and beyond who have made this Community Sponsorship possible. Bude was the first town in Cornwall to sponsor refugees under the Home Office scheme.