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Our Christmas appeal this year will be raising funds for Safe Passage, a charity organising and campaigning for safe and legal routes for child refugees to join family members in the UK. 

Our Help Save Young Lives - support Safe Passage campaign was inspired by our theme for the 2020 Charlbury Christmas Tree Festival. This year our tree is decorated with 39 stars, one for each child who has died trying to cross the Channel since 1999. All of the 39 children named on the stars, along with 257 adults, have died as a result of the closed border policies of the UK. 

As highlighted in the recent Deadly Crossings report, there is no safe, legal and speedy means by which refugees and displaced people can reach the UK. Even the pitifully small refugee resettlement scheme for Syrian refugees has been suspended since March. 

Lord Dubs’ latest attempt to preserve family reunion for child refugees in the UK was twice passed by the House of Lords and twice defeated in the House of Commons. 

Inspired by all lives lost or harmed by the need to seek refuge, all donations to our Help Save Young Lives campaign will be given directly to Safe Passage

Our aim is to raise £2,500 by the end of March 2021.

A donation on behalf of a friend or relative would make an ideal Christmas present this year. 

To support our campaign please visit:

Or make a bank transfer to
Charlbury Refugee Action Group
Sort code: 089299
Account no: 65789036
Reference: CRAG Xmas Appeal

Thank you very much in advance for your support. 

Visiting the CRAG Christmas Tree 

We very much hope you will be able to visit the CRAG Christmas tree, decorated with 39 stars, along with all the other decorated trees at the Charlbury Christmas Tree Festival.

The trees can be found lining the path leading to St Mary’s Church in Charlbury until 25th December.

More Christmas present ideas 

In addition to donations to our Help Save Young Lives campaign, we’ve put together a selection of gift ideas which will directly support the plight of refugees. 

For book lovers

For the bibliophiles in your life, you can buy second-hand books, many in very good condition, from our CRAG bookshop.

You can browse our catalogue of over 1000 donated titles, many of which are priced at 50p or £1.

Please contact for more details. 

For cooks and foodies

We’ve missed running our Art Cafés this year, but we’ve put together some recipe collections as PDF booklets that we can email to you. These make excellent presents this year as you can just send them by email - no visits to the post office required!

We have a choice of 3 booklets:

  • Cracking Cakes and Brilliant Bakes: 23 recipes for the mouth-watering teatime treats enjoyed by so many at our concerts, cafés, and tea parties. Includes maple nut cake, toll house cookies, macaroons, cheese scones, orange and almond cake, Earl Grey and raspberry cake, honey almond cake and much more. 
  • The Full Mezze: 12 delicious vegetarian recipes with a Middle-eastern twist including falafel, roasted carrot hummus, tabbouleh, chermoula and flatbreads.

  • The Fantastic 5: five one-pot, plant-based recipes from around the world including south Indian curry, pinto bean chilli, amazing veggie couscous, Brazilian black bean stew and creamy mushroom stroganoff.

We suggest a £5 donation per booklet. Please email for further information. 

Foodies might also enjoy Refugee Community Kitchen’s 2021 recipe calendar which costs £15 and can be bought from

For anyone and everyone

Refugee Community Kitchen serves hot, nourishing meals to displaced people in the UK and France. You can ensure that those most in need will have a nutritious hot meal over the festive season by buying one of their Giving Certificates. Starting at £10 for 20 meals, you can also buy the certificates from

And finally, a Christmas gift from CRAG!

Our gift to you is free access to our Virtual Concert which you can pass on or share with your friends and family. Here is the YouTube link - we hope you enjoy it!

Thank you for your interest and support
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