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This December, please put aside a few minutes each to think about men, women and children who are seeking asylum and sanctuary in Nottingham, having had to flee from their countries because of war and violence and are far from their friends and families, struggling to survive through each day.

Every day as you think about those who have had to flee their countries, please add a few pennies to a jam jar and whatever you collect, the money you donate will help buy food and other support for destitute Asylum Seekers in Nottingham.

HOST Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum’s Anti-Destitution Group supports local asylum seekers who are destitute, receiving no state benefits or support. They are prohibited from employment, so charity is their only means of subsistence.

KudazaiKudzai, 51, from Zimbabwe

Having fled persecution and threats by the militant youth wing of Mugabe’s political party, Kudzai endured years of destitution after her initial claim for asylum had been turned down.

She had to live on hand outs from her local church and other charities, something that she found deeply humiliating, having worked all of her life and brought up her children.

Kudzai has her own room now in a home through HOST Nottingham which supports destitute asylum seekers, where she is warm and safe. She receives support from an advice worker and volunteers and is finally in a position to prepare a fresh asylum claim with new evidence.

If you are a UK taxpayer, the value of your donations can increase by 25% under the Gift Aid scheme – at no additional cost to you! Click here for the declaration and return to us along with your donation. Thank you for your support.

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