The other thing that I have done is email my MP. If you don’t know who your MP is, you can find out via this link: http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/and put in your postcode. I wrote that I was deeply concerned about the suffering of the people in Gaza and in Syria. I asked my MP to lobby the Government to increase aid to those fleeing the violence and explicitly said that I approved of the taxes I pay being used to provide support for these civilians. I did not take a view about who was right or wrong in the conflicts, I asked for help for those who are suffering as a consequence. You might not think that writing to your MP will make a difference, however at the City of Sanctuary event I attended recently, one of the speakers talked about this. As you may recall, the UK Government had a policy of not accepting refugees from Syria, preferring to send aid to those providing shelter in neighbouring countries to the conflict. 640 Members of Parliament were contacted by members of their constituencies (out of a total of 650) asking that the UK would be open to these Syrian refugees. The weight of public opinion, expressed this way, caused the Government to change its policy and now Syrian families are finding safety and sanctuary in this country. It is the strength of one action, joining with another, and another which starts to make a difference and change things, bringing hope and light to those who need it most.