Street Choir Festival

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I wish, if I may, through the pages of your newspaper, to thank the organisers and all those who took part in the Street Choir Festival over the weekend of 15-17 July in Whitby.

It was a fantastic event, and even torrential rain didn’t dampen the spirits or the voices of those wonderful choirs who had come from all over the country to entertain us.

We at Justice First were humbled to have been chosen as the charity which will benefit from the efforts of the choirs and the generous donations from the people of Whitby and those who were visiting that particular weekend.

Justice First works alongside the refugee community across Tees Valley, supporting people who are victims of persecution and torture; helping them find sanctuary and restoring their dignity. We are a small charity with only two members of staff and we rely on a group of dedicated volunteers who give their time and talents to help our clients.

The donations we receive enable us to sustain a much needed service to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

Sadly, the plight of those seeking asylum is distorted by some sections of the press and our clients have often experienced public hostility. It means so much to them to know that others care and want to help.

On behalf of everyone involved with Justice First, thank you.

Kath Sainsbury, Project Manager by email