Appeal launched as Borough prepares to welcome Afghan families

Cllr elaine gill mayor

The first Afghanistan nationals to be housed in Runnymede are due to arrive in the Borough next week, and to recognise that fact, the Mayor of Runnymede has launched a fundraising appeal.

The Mayor of Runnymede’s Afghan Family Appeal aims to fund home comforts and essential items for the three families the Council has committed to support.

Cllr Elaine Gill, Mayor of Runnymede, said:

The shock these families have suffered - of having to uproot their whole lives, leave behind possessions, friends and family or face the wrath of the Taliban is something people here in Surrey cannot comprehend.


What we can do though is give a considerate welcome and show our compassion and good nature to help adults and children get used to living here.


The appeal I have launched is in response to requests from residents asking what they can do in practical terms to help. The best answer is to donate a few pounds if you are able, so we can buy home comforts or important items which can make all the difference.


Several organisations are already lined up to help these families; your donations will help us provide what they do not, and I am sure they will be gratefully received.

If you can help, please donate money, rather than physical goods, which may already be available to the families from other sources.

Payments can be made to the Mayor of Runnymede’s Afghan Family Appeal using these bank details:

  • Sort code: 30-99-80
  • Account number: 01771683
  • Account name: Mayor of Runnymede Annual Charity

If you would like to make a large donation, please contact the Mayor’s Secretary.

The appeal will remain open until 31 December 2021. Donations made do not attract tax relief or Gift Aid.

Published: 11 October 2021