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Published June 10th 2014
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Ways You Can Help Free People From Torture

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Since Freedom from Torture was established in 1985, over fifty thousand people have come to the charity organisation for help. The severe mental and physical abuse that many individuals endure everyday can have devastating effects. The aims of Freedom from Torture is to provide rehabilitation and protection to survivors in the UK. This is done through counselling, physical therapy, and group work.

In order to provide these services, they need support from people like you, who can donate their time, money, and good will. If you would like to help, there are many ways to help free people from torture:

Events

Whether you want to raise money through sports, or learn more about the charity, there are plenty of events to get stuck into.

Scotland



Edinburgh International Book Festival
9th & 10th August, free entry
Peppers Theatre, Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh

Great Scottish Swim
23rd August, 20
Loch Lomon

Brats and Callets in Concert
3rd October, entry by donation
Sherbrooke St Gilbert's Church, Nithsdale Road, Glasgow

North West



Burnage & Levenshulme
22nd June, free entry
Various venues in South Manchester

Kirkby Lonsdale Open Gardens
12th July, free entry
Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, LA6

North West Freedom from Torture Centre Open Evening
17th July, free entry
North West Centre, First Floor North Square, 11-13 Spear Street

Great Manchester Swim
19th July, 15
Salford Docks, Manchester

Midlands



Refugee Week Talk
19th June, free entry
Friends Meeting House, 65 Linden Road, Bournville, B30 1JT

Summer Skydive
22nd June, 70
Langar Airfield, Nottingham, NG13 9HY

West Midlands Freedom from Torture Centre Open Evening
26th June, free entry
West Midlands Centre, Unit 5, 1st Floor, Caroline Point, 62 Caroline Street, Birmingham, B3 1UF

City of Birmingham Triathlon
20th July, 50-70
Sutton Park, Birmingham

BUPA Great Birmingham Run
19th October, 25
Birmingham City Centre

South East



A Walk Through London
5th July, 10
Memorial to the Kindertransport, Main concourse, Liverpool Street Station, London

Great London Swim
30th August, 20
Docklands Sailing & Watersports Centre in Millwall Dock, London

London to Brighton Cycle Ride
7th September, 15
Clapham Common, London

Brighton Marathon
12th April 2015, 30
Preston Park, Brighton


Donate

There are many ways that you can donate. These range from sending a small donation via your mobile phone to bequeathing a large sum in your will. If you are planning a celebration, such as a wedding, christening, birthday party, etc, you could also ask all gifts to be in the form of a donation to Freedom from Torture.

Fundraise

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Chat, drink coffee, and raise money for charity by hosting your own Coffee Mornings. One of the best ways to round up participants and spread the word, is by organising it through a local faith group. You could hold the coffee mornings at church, after services, and put on other activities such as a bake sale. For assistance in organising a coffee morning, you can call 0207 697 7788 or emailing info@freedomfromtorture.org.

Volunteer

If you would like to get involved with the organisation, then you can join a local group, and help out with organising events, and other activities. If there is not a group in your area, you can always find out how to start one of your own by calling 020 7697 7749.

Many Freedom from Torture clients in London have never left the city; most do not have a proper home, and have to live in hostels. As a way of helping the clients integrate back into ordinary life, and to give them a break. Freedom from Torture gives these people holidays, through the hospitality of hosts, who are willing to welcome individuals or families into their home for a short holiday stay. Could you be one of them? If you would like to share you house with guests, then call 020 7697 7777 or email PHislop@freedomfromtorture.org.

Recycle

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Freedom from torture has partnered up with Recycling for Good Causes. This means, that at no cost to you, you can recycle any unwanted jewellery, watches, or foreign banknotes to be turned into a donation. For a free-post envelope, phone 020 7697 7844 or email nmckeever@freedomfromtorture.org.
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When: Events: 19th June - 15th April 2015
Phone: 020 7697 7777
Where: Across the UK
Cost: Free - 70
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