The Syrian Refugee Relief Fund is a small charity that has been set up to raise urgently needed money to provide relief to refugees in Syria and neighbouring countries. We are partnered with Syria Relief, another UK registered charity that works on the ground and is best placed to assess the situation of those in immediate need.
Co-founded by Will Wintercross, a photo journalist who has covered the war and was deeply affected by what he saw and wanted to help directly. The SRRF has received support from a whole range of sources from private donations, church fetes and people running marathons. We are run entirely by volunteers meaning 99.5% of what we raise goes to those in need. With 0.5% going to running costs, we can trace exactly where our funds go.
MEET OUR TEAM
WILL WINTERCROSS, CO-FOUNDER & TRUSTEE
Will is a photo and video journalist. He co-founded SRRF after seeing the horror of the Syria crisis up close while covering it for The Daily Telegraph. It was after interviewing a Syrian grandmother looking after 16 grandchildren and children while living in a derelict building in Turkey that he realised he had to do more than just report on the war. For more of Will's film and photography work see www.willwintercross.com
BRIAN CROSS, CO-FOUNDER & TRUSTEE
Brian has over 40 years experience working in the not for profit sector as a community arts worker. During this time he also served on the board of Photo 98, Action Space Mobile, Cultures United in Kirklees and for 4 years was the Chair of Voluntary Action Kirklees. He is currently very active as a volunteer for; the Trans Pennine Trail, Sanctuary Suppers, as a Reading Friend and as Chair of 6million+ Charitable Trust. He brings a wealth of experience and energy to his role as a trustee for SRRF, providing ongoing administrative support in our work with prospective partners, with the Charity Commission and with our accountants, Riley & Co.
SUE CHARTERIS, Trustee- appointed november 2016
Sue is an experienced Charity Trustee with a career in community action, leadership in local government and consulting on public policy. Sue is a Trustee of UnLtd, the U.K's Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs and is actively involved in the Global Social Entrepreneurs Network. She is a Member of Hounslow Health Watch and a former Non-Executive on the Big Lottery Fund's England Committee.
MICHELLE CHURCHWARD, TRUSTEE - APPOINTED NOVEMBER 2016
Michelle is a UK qualified lawyer with over 20 years of experience working internationally in industry. She has worked in the Middle East and North Africa. She has become increasingly concerned about the continuing deterioration in the Syrian conflict and the spiralling humanitarian crisis. She brings another perspective to the team of SRRF trustees, and provides support in governance, organisation and achieving SRRF’s objectives.
Tristan Elder, TRUSTEE - APPOINTED NOVEMBER 2018
Tristan has spent most of his career in the technology industry and has seen the positive impact that the innovative and creative use of technology can have on those in need. Having grown up in Africa and the Middle East he was, at a young age, made aware of the challenging conditions that those around him were often in. His commercial experience is helping SRRF to grow its reach and impact.