Keele staff and students donate to help asylum seekers have a great Christmas


Posted on 14 December 2010
‘We have been so pleased with the response from both staff and students at Keele, who have made huge efforts to help by contributing a variety of food parcels, Christmas cards and even cash donations!" - Becky Wardell, VE @ Keele Volunteer Co-ordinator.

Staff and students from Keele University have donated grocery items to a local charity to help make up parcels which will be distributed over Christmas among families seeking asylum in Stoke-on-Trent. Keele academic staff member Emma Dawson also took donations on behalf of Gorsty Hill Methodist Church in Tean.

Supporting men, women and families, the African Social Health Agency (ASHA) will distribute the food parcels to families in need as identified by the Refugee Council, the Red Cross, Pastor Peter, Stoke CAB and a few living in NASS accommodation.

The charity is also looking for donations to support a children's Christmas party, which is a bright interlude for those whose lives are filled with anxiety and pressure.

Becky Wardell, VE @ Keele Volunteer Co-ordinator said: "We have been so pleased with the response from both staff and students at Keele, who have made huge efforts to help by contributing a variety of food parcels, Christmas cards and even cash donations! I am sure these contributions will go a long way in helping ASHA to ensure local families seeking asylum have a wonderful Christmas."

If you would like to find out more about ASHA or would like to make a donation, contact: Godefrid Seminega or Rachel Simpson on 01782 769266.