Side by Side Refugees aims to help individuals and families trying to find safety and refuge. We do this by collecting and distributing humanitarian aid in the form of clothing and food to northern France. We also fundraise to provide support where and when it is most needed.
The video below was edited just a few weeks before The Calais Jungle destruction in 2016. Our aims remain unchanged: responding to this humanitarian crisis in northern Europe as quickly, as efficiently, and as sustainably as possible.
This year our team will be sharing some brand new and beautiful creations whilst raising money, something to link both to the experience of refugees and to the Christmas season. For the second year running the super-talented James Mayhew has come on board alongside the amazing Antonio Reche-Martinez! They have succeeded in creating two outstanding and unique pieces of art, which we can now offer to you!
With your generous donations we can really make a huge difference, helping those we encounter and showing compassion to those who have already suffered so much. This is our chance to stand for something important and although we are not many, we are mighty!
The money we raise will provide more resources for the work that Side by Side Refugees has been doing for over three years, including providing hygiene -, household -, bedding items, clothing for all ages, desperately needed food for those surviving on very little, and allowing us to adapt to the constantly changing needs of a growing refugee population.
Artwork created by renowned illustrator James Mayhew and theatre & costume designer Antonio Reche-Martinez has been made into cards for the Christmas season, with blank insides in order to be completely accessible and inclusive, in packs of 10 square 12.6x12.6 cards including envelopes, and comprises of two distinct designs with accompanying quotations from refugee friends of Side by Side:
Christmas Feast; slightly inspired by Tanita Tikaram's "Food on my table" and bringing together the hope and love we wish for all.
"I thought I'd never eat with someone who would make me feel home again; but I was wrong and in the UK I have found a beautiful and supporting family that reminds me of my home. Home is not where you were born; home is where you belong and where you have people sharing everything with you when you have lost all hope in humanity." Anon.
Angel; formed of sheet music and colour, this portrays the love at the heart of Side by Side with Refugees and our incredible supporters and friends.
"I see her in every child's smile, in every flower I smell. She's my 6 year-old niece. Her parents may have lost her body but her soul is surrounding them always to tell them that she never left." Anon.
Each card comes with a personal piece from a refugee and friend of Side by Side with Refugees who wishes to remain anonymous.
- EXCLUSIVE PACK - £6 - SOLD OUT
Thank you for supporting us!
One pack of 10 cards is enough for your very favourite people, those you love above all others. Ten people can receive a gorgeous card with one of two designs. Choose wisely!
- INNER CIRCLE - £13
Thank you so much for supporting our crowdfunder!
Three packs of 10 cards will stretch a little further to family and friends. There’ll be more love this Christmas as your loved ones open such beautiful designs with your heartfelt Christmas wishes.
- SPREAD THE LOVE - £21
You are wonderful; thank you!
Five packs of 10 cards will stretch to friends and family to catch up, share a holiday greeting, and spread that Christmas spirit. It’ll be far less difficult to write that list if you’ve got a nice number of cards.
- LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED - £45
Thank you so much for your compassion and generosity.
With ten packs of 10 cards you become an incredible Santa Claus-like bundle of joy by sending all your family, friends, and colleagues these limited edition cards designed specifically for Side by Side Refugees.
- THE CHOSEN ONE - £49
Thank you for everything!
By donating so generously you are rewarded with a choice of limited edition A4 print to give to someone special, or ready to frame and keep for yourself (self love is important too, right?).
- THE CHOSEN ONE - BONUS - £62
Thank you for everything!
Because you gave that little bit more, one of our incredible artists: James Mayhew or Antonio Reche-Martinez, will personally sign your limited edition A4 print. If you were looking for something special this year you may just have found it!
- TWO OF A KIND - £94
Thank you - you may never know how much your donation is appreciated.
Your kindness knows no limits and so you are rewarded with both limited edition A4 prints this Christmas! Give one and keep one, or keep them together forever, it’s up to you.
- TWO OF A KIND - BONUS - £120 - ONLY ONE LEFT!!!
Thank you so much, you incredible human being!
You exceeded our expectations again and so our wonderful artists, James Mayhew and Antonio Reche-Martinez, will personally sign your limited edition A4 prints, and you will get a personal thank you card from the team.
- CHEEKY EXTRAS - DOVE OF PEACE or THREE SHIPS A-SAILING - £20
After last years crowdfunder we had a small selection of leftover A3 prints by the marvellous James Mayhew. We thought we could offer the last of them, created exclusively for Side by Side with Refugees, to you lovely people!
When they're gone, they're gone so you better get in quick!
Dove of Peace - symbolising peace, love, and spirit we hope for at Christmas time.
Three Ships A-Sailing; inspired by the carol "I saw three ships..." - echoing the journeys many have taken from their homelands.
All donation amounts include a small postage cost.
This covers a small amount of dispatch costs as much of your donation as possible goes directly to those in need. We hope you understand and we will try our hardest to get your rewards to you swiftly.
We have taken extra care this year to make our products as eco-friendly as possible, to step away from damaging practices that are creating more refugees the world over. We have swapped the cellophane for a 100% recycled & recyclable locking box to protect each pack of 10 cards. Multiples will be delivered in a reusable and compostable postage bag, sealed with compostable paper tape, all beautifully labelled, and delivered to your doorstep. All our packaging is also manufactured in the UK to limit the miles it has travelled! By encouraging recyclable options we hope to make a small but important difference whilst offering a great product to you, and raising valuable funds for refugees!
Who could ask for more out of humble Christmas cards!
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For more information about Side by Side Refugees click here.
Can I buy the cards without using the Crowdfunder?
We are currently giving the cards as a reward rather than selling them. We want to say thank you rather than just selling to you as we truly appreciate all the help our supporters give us!
How many designs are there?
We have two beautiful designs, Christmas Feast and the Angel. However, the last few A3 prints of James Mayhew's designs, Dove of Peace and Three Ships A-Sailing, for last year's fundraiser are still available as cheeky extra options - better get them quick as once they're gone, they're gone!
How many cards are in each pack?
Each pack contains 10 square cards (12.6x12.6)
What's written inside the cards?
They're blank inside in order to be completely accessible and inclusive.
Can I purchase a different amount of cards?
Unfortunately not; we've grouped them into different set reward packs and only have a certain amount of packs.
How long are these cards available for?
Until 3rd November 2018 or the rewards run out! Better get there fast!
Can I donate each month?
Of course! We'd be very grateful for your continued support, you can do this by heading to our website and hitting the donate button.
What happens if we help you reach the target?
You'll have to wait and see! There is so much we can do in Calais and Northern France that in this case more truly is better. We have been dreaming up a number of stretch target rewards for all our supporters so please do share this page and spread the love!