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Prince Albert hosts fundraiser

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A fundraiser for the foodbank and refugee community will take place at the Prince Albert on Thursday, 7.30pm.

The evening will commence with some history and context from Stuart Butler of Radical Stroud. Pammy Michell will then speak about GARAS (Gloucestershire Association for Refugees and Asylum Speakers). Johnny Fluffypunk and Bill Hicks will then conduct an auction of varied donations to raise funds for the refugee community.

Entry is free but people are urged to bring cans of food for the foodbank.

The high point of the auction will be a Forest Green shirt signed by the whole team, thanks to the generosity of chairman Dale Vince.

With Rovers on course for promotion as champions, the shirt will become an historic garment and piece of historic text too. Crispin Thomas of Stroud Football Poets has written a special poem for the night on being a refugee and the shirt, which is attached.

Extract from ‘What It Means To Be A Refugee’ – Crispin Thomas

there’s another way to make a difference

just like football fans who do this too

raising funds at stadiums and matches

here’s a chance to help for me and you

and one signed shirt from Forest Green can start it

as we bid and open up our hearts

as we share how much we care this evening

time to give and ease those torn apart

time to ease their days and light the darkness

let them know that they will be

sheltered here and that we care so deeply  

on what it means to be a refugee

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