Demonstration and Petition day 16/09/21 – a huge Thank you, to all who took part

Sep 18, 2021 | News

At the risk of doing a “Gwyneth Paltrow” we want to thank those who contributed to the protest being a huge success:
So a massive thank you to:
Everyone that bought a ticket, made the journey to London, made their voices heard, created and carried some amazing banners and placards and helped each other through what was a very emotional day. What a positive, supportive and frankly noisy group of people you are! We’re privileged to have met you 🥰 
To those who simply couldn’t make it, but have done all the suggested campaign actions, such as gathering signatures for the petition, writing to your MPs, participating in the online protests, buying and wearing your RFR T shirts in solidarity and sending wonderfully supportive messages to the Team and all those who came to Downing Street.
Nicky Ashfield and the team at Big Bear Apparel – what can we say – you’re simply wonderful. Fulfilling the orders for T-shirts and hoodies and ensuring everyone got their tops in time – while operating with a skeleton staff. The sea of blue was down to you – and it looked amazing – it made a fabulous display.
Everyone that’s ever made a donation to the campaign funds – as it would simply fold without them.
As ever the RFR Team who do so much and spur everyone on – Penny, Nicky, Claire, Harriet, Angela, Emma and of course Kate (who deserves a medal for accommodating us pair for two nights while we were in London)
Alice Miles – who took on a phenomenal workload and must be exhausted from capturing and loading clips, managing the FB and Twitter feeds when they were pretty frantic and still kept a cool enough head to fit in an interview with Times Radio!
Julia Knight- who helped Alice with clips and who also did a brilliant piece for BBC Look North.
Ruthie Henshall – who cancelled a day’s filming to be at the protest and as ever is a tireless ambassador for RFR.
Julia and Nicci from John’s Campaign – true role models for us – we have a lot to learn from them.
I know you, you’re all exhausted after yesterday but hopefully, you feel we did a great thing together. Many of you have been frustrated, waiting for us to organise a protest but we always felt that strategically the timing had to be right. Up till this point it hasn’t as we’ve had tons of media coverage since we started and didn’t need it as the objective of a protest is to generate publicity. We also had to wait for restrictions to be lifted.
Thanks everyone for supporting us and each other. We felt quite overwhelmed with the reception we received yesterday – so many lovely people – it’s a day we’ll never forget. If you haven’t seen the footage of the day you can see some of the social media clips and footage here:…
Please also go to the Media and News pages of this website for more pictures and stories, plus publicity recorded on the day.
Jenny & Diane xxx



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