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.

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.


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.


Sign up to get your free fundraising pack

Your Race for Refugees fundraising pack will include a Refugee Action t-shirt, a tracker card to record how many miles you've conquered, and a Race for Refugees finish line to mark your victorious finish. We will be in touch to support you throughout your challenge with fundraising tips and stories from the people you are fundraising for.

Choose your challenge

You set your own goal. Take on as many miles as you like, when you like. Do it in a day, a week or a month. Do it solo, with loved ones or colleagues. The most important thing is that we move forward together. Not sure what your move will be? Check out the case studies below for some inspiration.

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.

Make your move while listening to our exclusive podcast

Once you're all set, get racing! As you clock up the miles, listen to our Race for Refugees podcast which will introduce you to people with experience of seeking asylum in the UK. Don’t forget to share photos or videos of your challenge on social media with #RaceforRefugees and tag Refugee Action so we can celebrate with you!

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.”

Contact Us

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 | Email: | Telephone: 07929769374