giving it all back 

Food enthusiast and super mum Molly John Windels talks to us about grass-roots organisation Raising BN2, and the work they've done for Brighton and beyond. 

It started with a small group of new mums in Brighton meeting weekly for coffee and cake. 

We celebrated our newfound joys, and cried to one another about the difficulties we now faced. There was something so comforting about sharing the highs and lows with like-minded people going through the exact same experiences as you. We each invited friends along to join the meet ups, and it wasn’t long before the group expanded. In fact, it grew so much so that we were in need of a bigger space to communicate. That’s when our brainchild, Raising BN2, was born.

There are close to 20 of us organising and contributing to our website, and over 250 members on our Facebook group. We realised that due to our large number, we were a mixed bag of skills and experience, and in the perfect position to give something back to the world. We all felt very strongly about helping refugees and the current crises, and that's the cause where we found common ground.

Since expanding, we've been busy organising our first ever event to be held on 11th December 2pm-5pm at The Hanover Centre. At our Raising for Refugees event we'll have a kid's crafts area, a face paint station, and a huge baby and children's clothes sale, including our very own tie-dye collection. Don’t worry, they will be fun for the grown-ups too - enjoy a mini massage, a facial, homemade cake, and even a cheeky mulled brew. There will also be a great raffle well-worth entering, and prizes will include a night's stay in a 5* Hove hotel, a weekend away in the West End, £100 vouchers for a Brighton pub, champagne, beer, karaoke, massage and much, much more. Checkout out our for a full list of prizes. We are currently selling strips of tickets for £3 or £1 per ticket. Please email RaisingBN2@gmail.com for tickets or any other enquiry.

All proceeds will be going to two incredible charities, Brighton Voices in Exile and The Worldwide Tribe.

So get involved, buy your tickets and come on down to The Hanover Centre to meet us. Everyone is welcome, you aren’t required to be accompanied by children, and you’re sure to meet some lovely people.