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Refugee families supported by new sponsorship scheme

Posted on Wednesday 20th July 2016
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Dr Sara Hanna and Lambeth Council leader, Lambeth Cllr Lib Peck.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Dr Sara Hanna and Lambeth Council leader cllr Lib Peck at the launch event.

A new scheme to encourage community groups to directly sponsor a refugee family has been supported by Evelina London.

The scheme was launched by Home Secretary Amber Rudd and the Archbishop of Caterbury Justin Welby and was supported by Evelina London Medical Director Dr Sara Hanna.

The announcement was made at Lambeth Palace after it was revealed one of the first families to be sponsored under the initiative, a family from Syria, had been housed there.

Dr Sara Hanna said: "It was an honour to be invited to the launch of such an important scheme that will potentially change the lives of many refugees. Guy's and St Thomas', including Evelina London treats thousands of patients each year and we're ready to do all we can to help any new patients."

A 'Help Refugees in the UK' webpage has been developed to make it easier for any member of the public to support refugees in the UK.

You can read more about the scheme on the Government website