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Group of London College of fashion students, FARA charity employees and trustees all celebrating an event at FARA charity shop in Islington

A Look Back at 2022

Luckily the dark, cold, miserable, depths of January haven’t found us completely doom laden! We enjoyed an action packed year with some very diverse activity - fashion shows in clothing made from deadstock, supplying essentials to Ukrainian refugees, and navigating the 2000 mile-long River Danube - and we wanted to tell you all about it


FARA Charity Shop Gift Guide

Save Cash and Shop Sustainably This Season It’s officially December and we all know what that means: if you haven’t heard Mariah Carey belt out ‘All I want for Christmas’ or you’ve yet to see the John Lewis Christmas advert, then you can count yourself lucky! We are certainly in the thick of the festive […]


Update on FARA’s Ukraine Activity

The FARA Foundation was quick to answer the call to help those crossing the Ukraine-Romania border at Siret. And so, aided by the generous donations to our ‘Solidarity with Ukraine’ appeal (you raised over £20,000!) we have been able to provide the following humanitarian support to over 1700 refugees:


Love Island: Sun, Sea and Second-hand Shopping

Love Island: Sun, Sea and Second-hand Shopping Before we begin, let’s be completely honest – never in a million years did we think FARA would have much in common with Love Island! The programme may be a global phenomenon but watching the antics of 16 fame-hungry, sorry, lovesick twenty-somethings, doesn’t exactly align with our mission […]


The Look of Mourning: Loss and devastation in the eyes of refugees

I entered the refugee centre, trying not to make any noise. I had imagined how tired the people must get, travelling the long road from Ukraine to Romania.  But as I opened the door, I was greeted by cheerful voices and the sound of children’s laughter. A small, colourful, unicorn of about 3 years old, […]


Ukrainian Icon of the Mother of God – Giving hope to those who have no hope

Our founder, Jane Nicholson, recently presented an Icon of the Blessed Mother from Ukraine at the Walsingham Parish Consecration Service of Russia & Ukraine, in union with the Holy Father and the Bishops of the world. Jane recently returned from the Ukranian/Romanian border, where FARA and other NGOs are welcoming traumatised refugees fleeing war and […]


Why I ran for FARA: Advocating for the Greater Protection of Romania’s Women

Throughout 2021, I had the pleasure of training and running the Brighton Marathon for FARA and to learn more about the exceptional work that the charity does to improve the prospects of Romania’s vulnerable. In doing so, I saw for myself the lifeline the charity provides for children at risk, families in poverty and those […]