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17 December 2015

Appeal launched for young refugees

The Christmas carol In the bleak mid-winter has been re-worked by Home for Good to highlight the needs of junior refugees in Europe.

The charity's founder Krish Kandiah and his wife Miriam penned new lyrics for the classic hymn, which has been recorded by singer/songwriter Cathy Burton.

The song centres on the fact that Jesus was a junior refugee, fleeing to Egypt with his parents as a small child.

The charity launched an appeal for foster carers to look after unaccompanied refugee children following David Cameron's announcement in September that the UK would be taking 20,000 refugees from camps in countries surrounding Syria.

More than 10,000 people responded to Home for Good's appeal. Hundreds have already started the process of becoming foster carers.

Krish Kandiah said: "We believe we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War, and it would be inappropriate to celebrate Christmas without thinking about how we can help.

"We hope that this song will raise awareness and encourage people to respond."

The video can be downloaded and shown in churches over the Christmas season and the song can be purchased on iTunes.

You can find out more about Home for Good and the work they do raising awareness of the need for foster and adoptive parents, encouraging families to provide loving homes for the children in care, and equipping the Church to offer welcoming communities for them on their website.