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Steven SmithSteve Smith – It’s great to join IRT

I am absolutely delighted to have taken up the role of Chief Executive with IRT. The minute I saw the incredible projects that the organisation is involved in, and could see the impact that these are having on the ground, I knew that I wanted to be part of it. I have joined a team […]

Steve at the Great North RunRun the Great North Run in support of refugees

  Great North Run, the world’s greatest half marathon The Great North Run can’t be beaten. It attracts world class athletes like Mo Farah and Haile Gebrselassie, is televised by the BBC, and has over 57,000 other runners from around the world taking part. What’s more, the atmosphere is absolutely electric with thousands of people cheering you on […]

Syrian mother cradles your babyEmergency Appeal for Syrian refugees in Jordan

We are asking for your support on behalf of the Sisters in Jordan. With your donations, they will be able to continue helping Syrian refugees by providing free medical care. ‘The Sisters in Jordan’, as we warmly refer to them, are two Orders of Catholic nuns – the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation and the […]

Katie outside the Italian Hospital in Amman Jordan4 things I learned from visiting Jordan

I’ve recently returned from visiting Jordan where IRT help support two hospitals (known as the Italian Hospitals) to provide free medical care to Syrian refugees. It was IRT’s first visit since the Syrian conflict broke out, five years ago, and my first ever time travelling in the Middle East – I want to share with […]

Welcome to Steven Smith IRT’s new Chief Executive

The trustees of IRT are delighted to announce that they have appointed Steven Smith MBE as the charity’s new Chief Executive. Steve has a military background and has worked all over the world, frequently in conflict and disaster zones where he has coordinated responses to massive movements of refugees, including the Vietnamese Boat People and […]

IRT says farewell to Adrian Hatch

The trustees and staff of IRT said farewell last week to Adrian Hatch, who was Chief Executive of the charity for nearly ten years. Adrian has moved on to take up a new position but he leaves a substantial legacy, having presided over a period of growth where IRT was able to give more financial […]

Families flee fighting in South SudanCrisis Appeal for South Sudan

It is with a heavy heart that I must tell you of the situation in South Sudan. A few months ago fighting broke out in the town of Yambio, resulting in dozens of civilians being killed and thousands being forced to flee their homes. This insistent is part of a wider trend of violence which […]

2016Our 6 New Year’s Resolutions for 2016

The New Year is a good time to look back over the last year and forward to the next, to think about what you’ve done well and what you could do better. So spurred on by the New Year, IRT have decided to set out six of our own New Year’s resolutions (it’s 2016 but […]

Two nurses working togetherThe Winter Chill for Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Winter is closing in across the Middle East. As the snow descends coating the landscape in a brilliant white frosty blanket, over 600,000 refugees in Jordan face an uncertain future this winter. With resources and services already overstretched, and as more refugees flee into Jordan to escape the relentless conflict and insecurity in the region, […]

Families flee fighting in South SudanIRT pledges support to help those fleeing violence in South Sudan

I have just spoken on the phone with Fr Joe Githinji who is based in Source Yubo South Sudan. He had some very sad news to tell me – violence has erupted in the town of Source Yubo. With the sound of gunfire in the background Fr Joe spoke of how fighting has broken out […]