Yesterday I felt incredibly uplifted and filled with belief and enthusiasm for what we do.
I was in Parliament Square in London for the demonstration against the Government’s anti-refugee bill.
Beforehand, I wasn’t sure how many people would make it – after all it was on a weekday afternoon and many of us who campaign and volunteer to support refugees have day jobs.
So arriving to see a great crowd of people with flags and banners was really exciting and joyful. Being among so many like-minded people gave me a fantastic, energising feeling of solidarity and empowerment.
How many compassionate, caring people are there?
Plenty, as it turns out.
Listening and cheering as the speakers told their stories, chatting to fellow demonstrators and seeing all the brilliant, encouraging signs really gave me a powerful feeling of hope.
Together, we really can beat this bill – and do the right thing by the people who truly need our help.