People who are forced to leave homes destroyed by war often have to travel many miles in search of safety. While the vast majority of the world's refugees flee to neighbouring countries, life for most continues to be extremely difficult and often still unsafe. The Syrian refugee families we support in Tonbridge came here from countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt. After so much trauma and upheaval, we are glad they have have finally found safety, and we are here to help support them as they start to rebuild their lives in our part of Kent.

The coronavirus crisis has had a big impact on our small charity, so we now desperately need to raise funds to ensure we can continue to welcome those who have fled the horrors of war, now and in the future.

Team TWR have an ambitious aim - to cover 2,200 miles (the distance between Damascus and London) between us this autumn and raise £2,200 to help fund our work supporting refugees and asylum seekers in the Tonbridge area.

Whether we choose to walk, run, cycle or swim, we hope that together we will cover the miles.

Please sponsor us and help us reach our fundraising target! All the money raised will help us to ensure that Tonbridge continues to be a welcoming town. 


Fundraisers :   Lee Mead. Ruth Connelly. Jane Blessley. Nicky Mcgregor.

£2,484.68 raised of £2,200.00 target by 92 supporters

£2,079.75 donated and £404.93 in GiftAid


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Tonbridge Welcomes Refugees from Tonbridge Welcomes Refugees

Tonbridge Welcomes Refugees (TWR) is a small charity run by volunteers which was set up in 2015 in response to the worsening global refugee crisis. We work closely with our borough and county councils, support workers and other local refugee support groups to welcome Syrian refugee families to our area who have been resettled under the government's Syrian Vulnerable Persons' Resettlement Scheme (VPRS), and will continue to do so for the new global resettlement scheme. When we can, we also organise events and do outreach work in the community (e.g. in schools) to raise public awareness of refugee and asylum issues. Our aim is to help make refugees and asylum seekers feel safe and welcome in our community.


For further information visit the twitter feed.

  • Sat, August 21 2021, 1:32 PM : RT @TMBC_Kent: We are asking for private sector landlords with good quality accommodation, which could help to house Afghan refugees, to ge…
  • Wed, May 12 2021, 10:16 PM : Eid Mubarak! Wishing peace and happiness to everyone celebrating in Tonbridge and around the world. https://t.co/3Vtqh1oyjt
  • Mon, May 10 2021, 5:49 PM : RT @UNHCRUK: 'It's not too late for a rethink'  UNHCR has serious concerns about the UK's plans for asylum reform. If implemented, the p…
  • Mon, April 12 2021, 1:39 PM : 5 years ago TWR welcomed the first family to Tonbridge! Volunteers left welcoming flowers & cards. We now to support 60+ adults & children. Can you help? We are just over half way to finding 200 people willing to donate £2.50pcm to keep our work going. https://t.co/a7iYxglOXr https://t.co/WLhEy54lQi