Every year, people arrive in the UK fleeing war, persecution and human rights abuses. But the UK is not a safe place for refugees. Instead of safety and shelter, they can be left hungry and homeless on our streets while they wait, sometimes for years, to get a decision on whether they can stay here.
REFUGEES HAVE SEEN THE WORST OF HUMANITY.
NOW IT’S TIME TO SHOW THEM THE BEST.
Over the last year we have seen refugees housed in disused army barracks, attacked by far-right groups, and threatened with this Government’s hostile immigration plan. At Refugee Action, we’ve been standing up for refugees since 1981, and we’ve never seen the situation as bad as it is today.
TOGETHER, WE CAN CHANGE THE STORY FOR REFUGEES.
Race for Refugees is a movement of good people taking action for what is right. Together, we can make sure that those forced to leave their homes receive compassion, a fair decision, essential support and help to rebuild their lives in the UK.
Last year our racers raised enough to help 178 people with their asylum application, providing them with expert support that could change their lives forever. They funded our frontline services, and powered our campaigning work. Now they are passing the baton to you. Will you grab your trainers and join us?
How does it work?
Anyone, anywhere can make their move in the race for refugees. Whether it’s that bucket-list marathon, a 5k walk with friends or a sponsored cycle with work, your journey will change lives.
Meet our Humanity Heroes
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 found the experience so much fun! Going out for runs as a house everyday meant we could all spend time together and bond. Our friends and family were extremely supportive, and people would cheer us on when they saw us running."
David and Helen
David and Helen trekked 100 miles over 10 days carrying all of their camping, cooking and clothing supplies. They were driven to act after meeting refugees in their hometown, and hearing their stories of how difficult it had been applying for asylum in the UK.
“To anyone thinking about taking part in the Race for Refugees, we say go for it. Knowing that you have taken a stand to support this amazing charity will be one of the most rewarding things you ever do.”
Motivated to take a stand for refugees after reading about how devastating the asylum system can be for people, Emma and Neil ran and cycled 37.75km. This number reflects fact that people seeking asylum in the UK are given just £37.75 to live on a week.
“I thought it was important to remind myself and others that during Covid, people fleeing the horrors of war and abuse hasn’t stopped and that the battle for a new life in the UK is far from over once they reach our shores.”