Church plea to help city’s ‘singing lady’

Deported: Gwendolyn Roomes has been sent back to Jamaica.
Deported: Gwendolyn Roomes has been sent back to Jamaica.
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FRIENDS of Sheffield’s singing lady are appealing for help to get her clothes and belongings sent to Jamaica after she was deported.

Gwendolyn Roomes - well known for singing in the city centre - was arrested at her home in Eckington and deported days later when her application to remain in the UK was turned down

She was escorted on to a plane by United Kingdom Border Agency officers on Friday - despite thousands of campaigners pleading for her to be allowed to stay.

Mum-of-three Gwendolyn had no money and only the clothes she was wearing.

Now friends at the New Testament Church of God in Sheffield city centre are trying to ship her belongings to her.

Church Bishop the Rev Dr Joseph Roberts said: “I want to thank all those who stood by Gwendolyn and her family. We now need monetary donations to assist Gwendolyn whom we believe has been very shabbily treated by the authorities who invited her to come to this country to teach our children at the time of shortages of teachers.

“They seemingly used her, relegated her and then sent her back to her country like a criminal. The church will arrange shipment of her belongings.”

The Star’s Facebook page has been flooded with messages of support for Gwendolyn.

Keeley Heywood posted: “Gwen was asked to come here, never claimed a penny and now she has been deported. It’s a shame she has gone because she was a really nice woman.”

Julie Sargeant said: “I think she is a great loss to the city, it will be a duller without her.”

Hollie Livermore posted: “I think it’s disgusting - she only came for a job.”

Martin Scott said: “What a sweet lady. We should start a petition to bring her back.”

n Donations should be sent to the New Testament Church of God, 40 Nursery Street, Sheffield, S3 8GG. Make cheques payable to the New Testament Church of God and put Roomes on the back.