Open Hearts Open Borders (OHOB) is a charity that grew from a grassroots project during the refugee crisis. A group of people came together who were keen to do something to help refugees – they collected clothes, food, first aid and baby equipment, and organised the delivery of them to refugee camps across Europe. In addition, they linked up with local projects to collect and redistribute items for refugees and asylum seekers in need. From its base in Plymouth, OHOB now works across Devon and Cornwall with around 30 designated donation points. Items are redistributed via partner organisations across the counties.
In June 2020, Allen Lane offered a £2,000 contribution towards OHOB’s work in the UK. This will assist the charity to continue its work in helping to resettle refugees and asylum seekers in the south west who have need of basic furniture, kitchen equipment, clothes, and/or baby items. Around 200-300 families/individuals have been supported each year.