Sheffield poets support destitute asylum seekers

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A gathering of poets in Sheffield who took part in a charity ‘poem-a-thon’ raised £13,000 for asylum seekers.

The event is thought to be one of the most successful fundraisers for Assist, which supports destitute asylum seekers by providing food, shelter and legal advice.

A number of asylum seekers took part in the poetry reading even, which was attended by 50 poets – from established national figures to first-time writers.

The poem-a-thon was also attended by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Coun Talib Hussain.

Frances Bibby, community and events officer for Assist, said “Assist as an organisation relies on donations in order to provide its frontline support services, so we’re deeply grateful for the hard work that has gone into this event and the funds raised so far.”

Organiser and local poet Sally Goldsmith added: “The response from poets and members of the public has been amazing.

“Through sponsorship we’ve already far exceeded our target.”

Assist helps asylum seekers who are destitute with no means to support themselves.

To find out more visit www.assistsheffield.org.uk