Vanessa Miller
Vanessa Miller celebrates finished the 2011 Great Scottish Run

Budding athletes Vanessa Miller and Mark Rafferty raised a whopping £619 between them at the Great Scottish Run earlier this month, with all their proceeds going to help us help refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland.

Mark and Vanessa decided they wanted to devote their sponsorship money from the event to our work – because they knew that refugees living in Scotland need all the help they can get to deal with the complex asylum process and rebuild their lives here.

Empathy with new arrivals in Scotland

Vanessa, who raised £279 from family and friends, said: ‘I completed the 10km race in 57 and a half minutes, I think! Great first 10k, fantastic weather, amazing atmosphere. I’m now back in Canada but will try to keep up with running!’

Before the race, Vanessa had spoke of how her experience of moving to Scotland from Canada gave her empathy with refugees who were starting again in a foreign land – without many of the privileges we enjoy.

Find out how we help refugees and asylum seekers

She said: ‘I think refugees and people seeking asylum need access to as much support and information as possible.  I’m also so impressed with the work and campaigning the Scottish Refugee Council has done to bring public awareness to the issues concerning those seeking refuge.’

The vital need to help people who need our protection

Mark, who raised an amazing £340, talked of how vital it is to help people who’ve come here looking for our protection. Refugees who arrive in Scotland having fled persecution and war at home deserve our unstinting support and compassion. You can read more on Mark’s blog, which he wrote for us before the run.

The money the runners have raised will help us provide face-to-face advice for people who are struggling through the asylum process or who have just been given refugee status, enabling them to access the vital support they need.

A huge thankyou!

We’d like to say a massive thankyou to Mark, Vanessa and all their supporters for making the Scottish Run a great one for us and for the people we help.

Check out our fundraising page for more ideas on how to help us help refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland

Read Mark’s pre-run blog

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Chris Pettigrew
Author: Chris Pettigrew