Send a message of hope and support to someone affected by overseas imprisonment

Feelings of loneliness are sadly all too familiar for British prisoners abroad - and this isolation does not necessarily end upon release. Those deported to the UK after a sentence have often grown up overseas, and therefore find themselves many hundreds of miles from home, in a country they know nothing about, and with no support system of family or friends to help them. Family members may be struggling themselves as they process the sentence of a loved one, which can bring with it a huge emotional burden. However, fear of judgement often prevents them from opening up to those around them, leaving them to shoulder their anxieties alone.

The emotional effects of overseas imprisoment are vast.

However, we have seen first hand how the smallest gestures can make the biggest difference, particularly for those who are struggling and isolated.

Can you send a message of hope to someone living with the burden of an overseas sentence?

These will be included on bookmarks sent out with book parcels to British prisoners abroad, and in our overseas, Family Voices, and Rebuild newsletters. Here are some lovely messages we have already received from our wonderful supporters:

"I know it seems that there is no light and that there is no hope. But I promise one day you will smile again, you will experience joy again. Have hope. I know you feel that you are tired, but keep firm with this - have hope."

"People are thinking of you and wishing you well. Nothing lasts forever and whatever tunnels we go through, we come out with new strengths."

"Hello and welcome back to the UK. I don’t know what you have been through, but I know it will have been tough. I would like to wish you all the very best in rebuilding your life and I know that Prisoners Abroad will do all they can to help you."

"Know that you are not alone. There are people - unknown to you - who care about your circumstances without judgement. Be strong. Stay strong. There will be light at the end of this ordeal."

* Please note that your message will be shared anonymously.