Over the last 12 months, the UK Government has failed refugees on every level. We’ve seen the refugee crisis in Afghanistan result in thousands being housed indefinitely in hotels. We’ve watched as the Nationality and Borders Bill has threatened the very right to asylum. We’ve been shocked by the Home Office’s plans to deport people seeking asylum to Rwanda. And we’ve witnessed the Government’s inability to offer a proper resettlement route to Ukrainian refugees.

It’s been a journey, and now it’s time for yours. Join the Race for Refugees and tell the world that refugees deserve better. At Refugee Action, we’ve been standing up for people seeking safety since 1981, and our work is needed now more than ever. The money you raise will power our frontline services and our campaigns. Whether you lace up your running shoes, dust of your bike or pull on your swimming cap, every step you make in your Race for Refugees will give hope and fight for change. 


Race for Refugees is our annual fundraising event that you can do from anywhere. You do it when you like, and you decide on the distance. You can run, walk, cycle, swim or dance. We’ve even had someone complete their race on a pogo stick! Here’s how to get started. 


Choose your challenge

You set your own goal. Take on as many miles as you like, when you like. Team up with friends or colleagues, or go solo. Scroll down to see some of our veteran racers for inspiration - we’ve had everything from triathlons, month-long running challenges to sponsored dog-walks!

Sign up!

Once you've completed our sign up form and set up your JustGiving page, you've started your Race for Refugees journey! You'll receive our digital resources, tips on reaching your fundraising goal and access to our Refugee Action Spotify playlist, curated by refugees and people seeking asylum.

Set up your fundraising page

Join the Race for Refugees team on JustGiving and set your fundraising goal (we recommend aiming for £200, but the sky’s the limit!) and ask your friends and family to sponsor you and help you reach your target.

Raise £100 and receive your exclusive t-shirt

Tell everyone you know about your challenge, and use our fundraising resources to help you get started. And once you’ve raised your first £100, we will send you your exclusive Race for Refugees t-shirt (modelled above!) which was designed in collaboration with Vanessa, who has lived experience of seeking asylum in the UK.

Meet our Community of Racers

Junayd and his bike

Taking part for the second year running, Junayd committed to cycling 40 miles a week, taking on the roads of rural Cambridgeshire for refugees. And the previous year he ran 40km. Thank you Junayd for being a part of the Race for Refugees family!

Kisaco Research’s company walk

The team at Kisaco research got involved by organising sponsored walks across the globe. Different teams came together to walk and they tracked their actions on Strava, raising over £1,800 for our work. What a bunch of legends.

Orla and pals

Inspired to take action after seeing how support for refugee families had crumbled during the pandemic, Orla and her housemates ran 500km over a month as part of their Race for Refugees. They raised over £1,600 thanks to generous friends and family.


We are always here to help, and we love hearing from you! If you have any questions or queries please get in touch.
Rebecca and the Events team |  Telephone: 07929769374