The 300 messages of welcome and support from people of all ages and backgrounds which make up Have Heart, Take Heart say that this is not what we want. Have Heart, Take Heart sends a powerful message that we refuse to turn our backs on refugees. Rather, we ask the government to introduce new safe and legal routes for persecuted people to come to the UK.
The orange heart is symbolic of compassion for those who have been persecuted and displaced from their country. It takes its colour from the Refugee Nation Flag designed by Syrian refugee, Yara Said, prior to the 2016 Olympic Games. Inspired by the colour of the life-vests commonly worn by refugees on their journeys, Yara Said redefined the colour previously associated with fear and hardship to one of solidarity and empathy.
It is not too late to write your own message of solidarity to show refugees and asylum seekers that they are not alone, and that the Borders Bill is not being passed in your name.
By Sarah Akande, Magdalen College School