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Mums team up to battle 'negativity' of EU referendum

Thursday June 30 2016


Kate and Steph Kate and Steph


TWO BARNSLEY mums have teamed up for a 'love in' to combat what they describe as negativity caused by the EU referendum. 

Kate Raynor, 32, from Highfield Cottages, Silkstone, and Steph Cronin, 39, from Park Street, say they both have concerns about the growing negative feeling in Barnsley since last week's vote.

They say the referendum has made people scared to reveal their political views, or even walk the streets for fear of abuse.

So, inspired by their children Sophie, 9, and Amber, 5, the friends have created 'The Love and Unity Project', which will try and 'bring the town back together.'  

The project - which will launch in the Lord Mayors Parade on Saturday, July 9 -  will feature face painting, balloons, lollies and even free hugs. 

Steph said: "Everyone is invited to come along for a free hug, balloons, lollies and face paint. There will also be a jar in which people are invited to write positive messages that we will share."

Kate said: "We don't care what you voted or where you're from, let's bring Barnsley together."

The ladies are raising money to help run the event at https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/unitebarnsleywithlove

If you’d like to join in or volunteer to help, the team will be in the parade ground from 11am and outside Sports Direct from 1pm.

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Reply Posted by Tom on Friday July 1 2016 at 02:43
One person volunteers helping some of the poorest people in our town, ensuring they can eat, even if destitute. They then do other things in their spare time, such as trying to promote unity and happiness by doing something nice.
They do have a political leaning and have recently become more political, however, they were volunteering and trying to help others long before becoming political.

Another makes a nasty comment about the former, anonymously, and tries to insult by using the term 'left wing' followed by expletives.

I admire the first person, for their actions and for their beliefs, and also for their attempt to make a change through the political process as well as doing practical things to help others.

The person making the nasty comment, I pity. And I sincerely hope their life improves, and that they find some happiness, so that they needn't project the hate and anger, that has consumed them, onto others.

Reply Posted by Hope on Friday July 1 2016 at 08:42
Well said Tom. These ladies are trying to bring some positivity into the situation and are trying to bring people together after something that has really divided our town and our country.

If people can find fault in that then there really is something wrong. Good luck Steph and Kate. x