It started on the first of February 2016 with a Facebook message from James Pearce that read:
‘If anybody has any friends who live in the jungle who they can vouch for, then please add them to this group so we can start to build up a group of recipients for phone credit. Likewise, if you have friends sympathetic to the cause who may be willing to donate, then please add them too. Thank you.’
It’s been three years since James reached out to his Facebook friends, asking them to consider adding their own friends to a new group he’d created called Phone Credit for Refugees. There were no long-term plans, no well thought out goals, only the inescapable sense that something somehow must be done.
James wanted to help the handful of refugees that he’d come to know personally in the Jungle, and he hoped that by asking his friends to add more people to the group, he’d be able to build up a network of donors to help those people in need. Now three years on – and with more than 58,000 members – the number of people we’ve reached has exceeded everything James could have imagined when he wrote that first post.
You have donated more than £780,000 to help support refugees in need all over the world - that’s 45,000 individual top-ups. And there are so many more people out there who need our help, and there is so much more we want to do!
But for now – on our third birthday – we’d like to celebrate everything we’ve achieved together. So, from our family to yours: thank you to all of you for your continued love, support, and solidarity. And as for the difference you are making to people’s lives, no-one can say it better than our recipients themselves…