Marathon runner raises funds for Jesuit Refugee Service UK

Preparing to run the London Marathon for the first time, Alannah Booth, 29, hosted a pub quiz and raffle night in Tooting to raise funds for the Jesuit Refugee Service UK 

Alannah said: “Moving to London from South Africa, I was welcomed by my friends and family and immediately found myself in a supportive community. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to leave your home and family and arrive to a country only to be met with more difficulties, or to not feel welcomed.”

The money raised by Alannah will go towards helping the core mission at JRS UK:

  • the Day Centre which serves more than 200 refugee friends with warm meals, toiletries, travel grants, legal advice and emotional support through accompaniment and casework
  • Detention Outreach which supports people currently detained in Heathrow Immigration Removal Centres through visits, pastoral care, practical support (such as phone cards), and help contacting solicitors or referrals to other specialist help
  • Post-Detention support for those released from detention and resettling in London
  • The At Home hosting scheme which aims to find short term accommodation with a volunteer host for refugees who are street homeless 

Alannah invited 100 friends and members of her family to the fundraiser. Together they raised £2,000 for JRS UK.

The winner of the quiz was presented with a painting by one of the refugees (pictured below). 

Alannah and 5 others will be running the London Marathon for JRS UK on 26th April 2020. They have set themselves a collective target of £12,000.

Please support Alannah and the others by making a donation here https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/jrslondonmarathon2020