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Tresco Red Cross Weekend

Lucy Dorrien-Smith leads a weekend of awareness and fundraising for the British Red Cross, as part of Tresco Island's support for this vital charity.

Lucy Dorrien-Smith has recently joined around 800 members of The Tiffany Circle - a global group of extraordinary women who help vulnerable people in crisis by supporting the international Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

As part of Lucy's commitment to this hugely important charity, she has organised a weekend of activities in support of the charity.

Members of The Red Cross, as well as volunteers, fundraisers and other members of the Tiffany Circle will be on Tresco throughout the weekend, leading activities across the island.

This will include leading a workshop for the children of Tresco and Bryher Primary School as part of the Rafi & Friends movement to connect children at every primary school in the UK with refugee children through their hopes and dreams.

Some activities are highlighted below, but you can also find out more on-island during the weekend.


Screening: Hamsa's Story

In September 2015 the BBC recorded an interview with Hamsa, a Syrian mother and refugee, as she neared the end of a desperate four-year journey from Homs, Syria to Germany. Her determination and spirit caught the attention of thousands of people, including Cornwall-based entrepreneur Pauline Spearpoint.

The result is Hamsa: The Documentary, which uses human storytelling to engage audiences and motivate action towards resettling those suffering from the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

During the short film, produced by documentary makers Foxwolf Productions, the audience will get to know Hamsa and her family as they go to school, meet their neighbours, try German food, learn a new language, sing, dance, cry and laugh.

Our mission is to reframe mainstream discourse and opinion around the resettlement of refugees and offer those who watch effective ways to take action.

Pauline will present Hamsa: A Documentary in the Pavilion at The New Inn on Friday 16th June from 7pm, and will be available to speak more about her journey in making this powerful documentary film. 


Abbey Garden Open Day

On Saturday 17th June Tresco Abbey Garden will throw open its gates for the day, with all proceeds from the entrance fee going to the Red Cross.

Take a look around this world famous garden with its palm trees and succulents from the Canary Islands, proteas from South Africa, and Mexican agaves.

There will also be a Garden Tour with Curator Mike Nelhams in aid of the Red Cross (time to be confirmed)

Garden entry costs £15 for adults (children under 16: £5, concessions: £13.50) with all proceeds from garden entry on the day going to the Red Cross.


Gallery Tresco Red Cross Show

Gallery Tresco's June Show features the work of Maggie O'Brien, Chris Potterton, John Bampfield, Chris Hankey, Richard Guy, Iona Sanders, Jon Evison and Stuart Kettle.

The June show opens on Saturday 17th June with a special Artists' Reception for the Tiffany Circle weekend, from 6:30 - 8:30pm.

All are welcome to join us for drinks and canapes to meet the artists and the representatives of The Red Cross, and find out more about the art and the work of the charity.

Find out more about the exhibition nearer the time on the show page.


Find Out More

To find out more about the work of the Red Cross please visit their website.

Illustration: Oliver Lett

Supported by The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in Rural Areas

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