A woman who set up a charity in Nottingham to help refugees is now turning her attention to supporting families struggling with money.

Mesopotamia charity shop was set up in 2015 by Rachel Miller, with the aim to help refugees abroad. It has helped provide needed items as well as provide donations. But Mrs Miller has decided that more attention needs to be put on the local area too.

In the past, she has visited war zones and refugees camps in areas like France, Greece and Turkey leading her to set up the shop on Valley Road.

Jake, a refugee the charity has helped

She has opened a café next door to the shop, with plans to offer a pay-as-you-feel menu for anyone who is struggling. From 8am to 9.30am breakfast is available for free or whatever customers can afford. People just need to order Jack’s Menu.

Mrs Miller runs the shop and café every day alongside volunteers. Some of them are homeless or refugees.

“I just felt i couldn’t help people 4000 miles away and not help people on my doorstep.”

Rachel miller, founder of mesopotamia charity

The café is now hoping to help out families in the area. With people on zero-hour contracts and families on Universal Credit, it can make it harder for them to afford food.

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