Getting children out of detention on the US border

by Amy Mason in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 19th August 2019 we successfully raised £4,585 with 98 supporters in 28 days

Immigrant Families Together pay bonds for parents in detention on the US border so they can claim their children from camps

by Amy Mason in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

New target! £4500 will allow us to donate over 5000 dollars after platform/transfer fees are paid 

A typical bond for an adolescent is 5000 dollars, which works out at £4122.90. Let's get a child or young person out of detention.

All the money raised will go to Immigrant Families Together 

Immigrant Families Together ( is a volunteer run organisation so ALL the money you donate (minus platform fees) will go to paying bonds for migrants in detention and helping to reunite families, as well as other associated costs such as housing and transport for vulnerable people. This is an easy way for us to make a speedy, valuable difference. There's a video about their work here:

It's hard for people in the UK to work out how to help, but I've researched organisations, found a well regarded grassroots org, and managed to assemble a great selection of rewards in the hope we can make a difference!

If you don't see anything you like we also accept donations! We LOVE donations. Your reward will be a warm feeling + a hug when I see you.

Each reward (bar signed books) is priced at (approx) its commercial value. If you're able to pay more than that we would be EXTREMELY grateful. Please dig deep!

If you'd like to see images of any rewards please visit

Many rewards are unique and were therefore hard to value. If you fancy something but it's out of reach financially (and hasn't gone after a week or two!) please get in touch and I can probably lower the price. 

Crowdfunder only allows a ltd number of rewards so those that haven't sold quickly are being taken out while we try something else (we've had lots of offers!)

Those that are currently not listed as rewards are:

Manuscript read from Amy Mason (online)

Writing workshops for your community group/school (National)

Comedy workshop London

Feedback on your stand-up set from up-and-coming comics (online)

Ukulele workshop in Bristol

If you're interested in any of the above just get in touch and we can arrange for you to make a donation and get the reward anyway!

For admin reasons this fundraiser has to go in my name however ALL funds (minus platform fees) will be transferred to them. They are fully aware of (and grateful for) this fundraiser. If you'd like to confirm this please email them at 

Please note all rewards have been obtained in good faith (and most donors are trusted friends). My admin time is a bit limited (2 tiny children of my own!) so, once bought, I will put the person who has purchased the reward in contact with the person donating it, and leave you to it. However, if there is a problem you can't resolve please do get in touch with me asap and I will refund you.

If you have questions about a reward PLEASE email before purchasing and I'll try to find out the answer! Please also note the location of the rewards...some in Bristol, some in London, many online.

Thank you so so much for your generosity. 



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£35 or more

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Feeback on a comic from Matilda Tristram

£35 - £50 suggested. Matilda Tristram is a children’s TV writer, author and illustrator. She wrote graphic novel, Probably Nothing (Penguin 2014), about getting cancer when she was pregnant with her first son (spoiler: they are both fine). She also writes children’s books and drawing guides; My Year in Small Drawings (Quarto 2017). Suggested donation (with feedback via Skype): £35 up to 5 pages £50 up to 10 pages

£5 or more

My undying love

For a donation of £5 - £25 I'll personally love you very much indeed, give you a hug when I see you AND compliment your outfit even if it's not that nice! So if there are no rewards that takes your fancy please consider donating the cost of a pint to help reunite families.

£15 or more

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Signed, dedicated poetry book by Clover Peake

£15 -25 suggested donation. The brilliant Clover Peake has donated 2 copies of her wonderful collection, Beasts and Volcanoes. Frank, honest, dealing delicately with loss, womanhood, the world. I love these poems. A Goodreads review:'Visceral tender poetry. These are poems of love and pain, made physical. Full of unexpected moments of stillness and London loneliness.'

£20 or more

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Signed copy of novel The Other Ida

Signed, dedicated copy of novel The Other Ida by Amy Mason. ‘A brilliant debut. Fresh, lyrical, fearless, and very funny.’ Emma Jane Unsworth ‘Truly original and exciting – a must-read.’ Viv Groskop ‘The Other Ida is a rare and special book full of compelling stories that feel wholly true and characters who are flawed, vulnerable and yet powerful. It is a book full of poignant truths and I loved it.’ Kerry Hudson

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Skype or in-person tarot with Angharad Lois

£25-£40 or more suggested.I swear to GOD Angharad helped me pass my driving text with her witchy ways. Let her read your tarot and give you your reading via Skype or email (or in person if you're in Swansea) (£25 suggested for full spread/email reading, £40 in person/Skype tarot and oracle reading)

£25 or more

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Plus size styling with Rebekah Louise (online)

£25-£35 suggested. Total babe, comedian, former stylist + fat activist Rebekah Louise will help YOU pick the perfect outfit (online) for a special event, or just help you refresh your wardrobe. Maybe you've put on weight + are new to plus size fashion, or maybe you just want a change, Rebekah is your woman! If you're new to fat activism/positivity she can also give you a reading list of books/blogs that will change your life.

£25 or more

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Dedicated How to be a Heroine, Samantha Ellis

A signed, dedicated hardback copy of How to be a Heroine. Viv Groskop in the Observer said How to be a Heroine was "Fantastically inspirational", Lee Randall in the Scotsman called it "A life-affirming feminist text" while the LA Review of Books called it "A love letter to the world of books". A beautiful gift or pay day treat for yourself.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed Take Courage: Anne Brontë + the Art of Life

A signed, dedicated hardback copy Take Courage: Anne Brontë and the Art of Life. Daisy Goodwin said in the Times that Take Courage was ""Magnificent...a very personal book about what the short life of Anne Brontë can tell us about wringing every drop out of existence". A beautiful book for the literature lover in your life or a pay day treat for yourself.

£25 or more

13 of 20 claimed

Bespoke reading list by Roberto Pastore

£25-£40 suggested. A bespoke list of 10 novels or authors recommended for YOU based on your interests, curated by the wonderful Roberto Pastore. Roberto Pastore loves reading, writing and anything bookish. With over 10 years experience as a bookseller (where he curated the legendary 'Bert Recommends' bay at Waterstones Cardiff), he is INCREDIBLY well and widely read. His first book of poetry will be published by Parthian in Oct

£25 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Original abstract painting by Jessie Woodward

£25-35 suggested (retails at £35). A choice of two works-on-paper by this exceptional abstract painter. Check out images on Instagram at @amycatem or msg me for info

£25 or more

0 of 2 claimed

1 year subscription to meditation app, Buddhify

Retails £33-35. Avail iOS or Android This incredible, beautifully designed app was developed by my dear friends Rohan and Lucy + literally changes lives (check out their website below for testimonials). A great investment in yr mental health and wellbeing. Just looking at their logo calms me down.

£25 or more

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1 hr personal training session in Bristol/Keynsham

Retails £35! .A one hour session in a local park. Jenny Drew is a highly qualified PT who also has therapeutic qualifications so can work with ppl who are nervous or have anxiety or depression. She's hilarious, one of my best friends and if I didn't hate exercise I would def train with her!

£25 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Stand-up feedback from Jen Ives/Fatiha El-Ghorri

An amazing opportunity to get email feedback on your filmed stand-up set from rising stars Jen Ives (Leicester Mercury nominee, 2nd place Laughing Horse New Comedian of the Year 19) or Fatiha El-Ghorri (Funny Women - Regional finalist, Max Turner finalist) (they'll do one each!) "...easy-going and gregarious with a touch of self-deprecation that adds to her confidence rather than detracts from it...great company." (Jen Ives), Chortle

£30 or more

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Signed publication by Sean Edwards + BEAUTIFUL bag

Artist Sean Edwards (Wales in Venice 2019) is delighted to offer a signed copy of his new publication 'Undo Things Done' featuring Lynsey Hanley, Daisy Lafarge, Helen Nisbet and Moyra Davey and a BEAUTIFUL limited edition Wales in Venice 2019 canvas bag. Both the bag and the book accompany his solo show for the Venice Biennale 58th International Art Exhibition and have been designed by the artist and Daly & Lyon. Please contact me for images.

£35 or more

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Sitcom feedback from Declan Hill

Retails £50! A 3-5 page review (via email) of your sitcom script from expert writer and tutor Declan Hill. Declan Hill is co-founder of The Sitcom Mission, an international sitcom writing competition. He recently launched Sitcom in Advertising, a blog + course for copywriters.

£35 or more

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Vintage makeover in Bristol from Pop Up Parlour

£35-£55 suggested (Retails at £50 so a super BARGAIN). A full vintage makeover courtesy of the wonderful women at Bristol's Pop Up Parlour. Can be emailed as a gift voucher if you'd like to get it as a gift! (

£55 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Agent pitching masterclass @ London Writers' Salon

Perfect your pitch to a literary agent at the London Writers' Salon 20 Aug '19 6:30 pm – 9:30 (Farringdon, London) A masterclass with Editor Parul Bavishi and Agent Rachel Mann (JULA) at London's creative hub. By the end of this 3-hour workshop you will: Learn how to compose a pitch with tried and tested templates. Create a crystal clear pitch that gets an agent’s attention. Practice pitching to an agent.

£65 or more

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Travel writing masterclass with Jo Fletcher-Cross

£65- £100 suggested. Jo Fletcher-Cross is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveller UK. She is offering a one-to-one tutorial to get a piece of travel writing critiqued. She can offer advice on pitching, creating your own 'brand', writing long and short form pieces. You'd submit piece then meet for 1 hour in London to discuss (or via Skype.

£70 or more

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A2 print of Glasgow by painter Katie Pope

Retails at £90! Katie Pope is an acclaimed contemporary painter and depicts Glasgow with love and warmth without ever veering into sentimentality. You can choose any of the prints from her website ( . They're A2, signed, ltd edition. Please note there will be a small amount of additional p+p to pay directly to her.

£75 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Novel feedback from Emylia Hall

£75 - £150. The wonderful Emylia Hall (author of 4 novels inc best seller The Book of Summers, a Richard + Judy book club pick) will read 3 chapter of your novel and give you feedback via an hour long phone conversation. An INCREDIBLE chance to get feedback from a brilliant, popular and prolific novelist who has excellent insight into the workings of the industry.

£75 or more

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Novel line edit by Tawny Stokes

£75 - £100 suggested. A line edit of 15,000 words of your novel by New York Times best selling author, Tawny Stokes. She has written over 40 books under her own name and ghostwritten for several fellow NYT bestselling authors.

£85 or more

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Poetry weekend workshop in Bristol

Retails £110! *26-27th Oct, Rope Walk, Bedminster* A weekend poetry writing workshop with acclaimed creative writing tutor Anita McCullum suitable for all levels. I have heard WONDERFUL things about these established, popular classes....they're inclusive, affirming, and very fun. Pls note you must be able to attend the advertised dates.

£95 or more

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6 week creative writing evening class in Bristol

Retails £140! **5th Sept- 10th Oct, 7-9pm, Rope Walk, Bedminster**. 6-week writing workshop, suitable for all levels with acclaimed creative writing tutor Anita McCullum. This course will focus on character and dialogue. I have heard brilliant things about these inclusive, affirming and fun workshops.

£100 or more

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Fiction/non fiction crit from Joanna Walsh

£100-200 suggested. Joanna Walsh (@badaude) is offering a crit on skype or over coffee (Dublin/Oxford/London) for 2000 words of short story or creative non-fiction. The author of 7 books, Joanna has edited for 3AM Magazine,, and gorse editions.

£100 or more

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Framed embroidery by Clover Peake

Usually retail £400. A choice of 2 delicate, minimalist embroideries on raw silk background 18”x14”. Beautifully professionally framed in white wood, this a serious bargain. Images of her work can be seen below. For images of the specific works pls send me a msg

£100 or more

1 of 2 claimed

4 night stay for 2 in Granada, Alhambra view

£100 - £150 suggested. 4 night stay in Granada for 2 (in 1 room), Alhambra view. This is a 5* rated Air B + B that's close to everything. Pls note there's 2 available...if you're a party of 4 you can purchase both as there are 2 rooms! Check Air B+B below for details + availability before pledging, then msg me asap to book.

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