A Sheffield refugee centre has launched a desperate plea to raise £100,000 - or it may have to close at a time of international crisis.
Northern Refugee Centre, based in Exchange Brewery on Bridge Street, provides support for refugees coming to the north of England through employment, health and family services.
But the charity, which was set up in 1983, is ‘desperately short of funds’.
The appeal comes after Sheffield Council announced it will throw open the city’s doors to Syrian families in response to the growing international humanitarian crisis.
Jim Steinke of the Northern Refugee Centre said: “We currently provide advice and advocacy for refugees and asylum seekers when they first come to the north and then try and make them as welcome as possible.
“This is to ensure that those refugees and asylum seekers are treated with compassion and dignity, whilst they try to establish a new life and escape the traumas of their old lives.
“Northern Refugee Centre believes that every refugee and asylum seeker should be treated with respect, wherever they are from.” “We feel that we simply cannot stop what we are doing, particularly in the face of the current refugee crisis, but without more funding we may have to.
“We are in the middle of the worst refugee crisis since the war, and we are determined that refugees and asylum seekers receive the services they deserve.
“Never have we been needed so much.”
The centre is appealing to raise £100,000. Log on to www.nrcentre.org.uk to make a donation.