Urgent! Help needed

This is so appalling - and Ali is right, it could be anyone who is HE'ing. I have sent a very small contribution but if everyone does, the target sum would easily be reached.

The thought that a family should feel forced to leave their own country because of the actions of paid officials, when - presumably - they have broken no laws, fills one with disgust but even more with despair.

Very good luck to them, for a favourable 'outcome'!


Thank you to everyone who has offered support and donated so generously. It is heartening to be part of such a supportive community of home educators.


First they came...

It is disheartening (but fairly predictable) to note that doubts are being cast, and misinformation peddled, about the nature of this appeal by some 'suspects' elsewhere. This is grossly insulting to the family involved and to those home educators and supporters (some from outwith HE) who have offered practical help to some fellow human beings who are feeling under threat.

Citing the old faithful 'no smoke without fire' chestnut elsewhere, in order to make the presumption of guilt as opposed to innocence seem acceptable, speaks Ballsian volumes. Honest rent seeking for others' benefit surely beats the self interested egotistical sort, which is why HEF had no problem in posting the appeal when approached by several concerned members.

I wonder who'll be left to speak up for all the glass house dwelling stone throwers when their time comes? It certainly won't be me.
Our time came when the buffoon knocked on our door. Which way to turn? What could we do? Luckily we found HEF. Got through with scars.

But, they are always there in the background waiting to pounce and eat our children.

If we don't make a point our blade is useless.

Right on, get the coin in. A fighting fund is the way to go.

Happy to give something back. We owe you more than we can give!


Update on appeal

There has been a huge and heartwarming response to the appeal for help posted last week.

The target was met and surpassed which is absolutely fantastic, but obviously any additional donations will still be extremely useful to help to bridge the gap while the family settles in their new country and arranges a replacement income stream. The PayPal address is HEfamily@innocent.com.

Many people sent messages with their donations saying that they wished they could give more, but this appeal has shown that little amounts really do add up and each and every donation is so gratefully received by the family.

Our friend had this to say: "It is really important that you all know how much this collective effort means to us, both in terms of a financial cushion but also the value of the moral support which really is priceless. So a huge thank you to everyone who has been kind enough to donate. Your contribution has made, and continues to make, a massive difference to my children and our family as a whole. Thank you."

Alison Preuss
Barbara Stark
Elaine Kirk
Gill Kilner
Karen Gallant
Lisa Amphlett
Louisa Herbs
Maire Stafford
Michelle Beeny
Neil Taylor Moore
Raquel Toney
Sheila Struthers
Susanna Matthan
Techla Wood
"Mony meikles mak a muckle." So true and it is great news that this distressed family are benefitting from our collective efforts.
All best wishes to them and may they soon be able to resume normal lives.