Running for young refugees – The Brighton Half Marathon

Written by: Beth Webb-Strong


Running a half marathon has always been a life ambition of mine. Two years ago, I signed up for a race and sadly had to bow out due to a chronic injury scuppering my training plan. After countless physiotherapy sessions and a lot of strength training, the road to recovery has finally led me here. I am ready to race.

For the half-marathon race in Brighton, I have chosen to fundraise for the Hummingbird Refugee Project. I decided to fundraise for this charity after I became aware of their work supporting one of my clients. This charity supports a cause very close to my heart.

The Hummingbird Project, founded in response to the urgent needs of refugees in Calais and Dunkirk, has evolved into a beacon of hope and support for those seeking refuge. The organization’s commitment to upholding the basic human rights of young refugees is both inspiring and crucial in the face of adversity.

The organization’s origins trace back to the summer of 2015, a time when refugees faced daily abuse and humiliation, often at the hands of gangs and even the CRS French military police, funded by the UK. Witnessing these dire conditions, the Hummingbird Project stepped in to bridge the gap, offering access to basic healthcare, aid, and shelter. The outpouring of support from individuals and communities worldwide enabled the organization to grow significantly, amplifying its impact.

Today, Hummingbird operates as a community-led, grassroots organization based in Brighton and London. Volunteers work tirelessly to provide crucial services to young refugees, many of whom arrive with trauma and a profound sense of loss. The 1:1 support and group sessions offered by Hummingbird aim to create a welcoming environment, introduce newcomers to friends, and serve as advocates for their legal matters.

I set up my donation page a week ago and I have already raised almost triple my fundraising goal. Thank you so much to all those who have supported me. Your money is going to a great cause and will make a real difference in the important work of the Hummingbird Refugee Project.

If you have any money to spare, please do donate to the Hummingbird Refugee Project here.