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50p coin marks Windrush 75th anniversary

Words by Abi Scaife

A 50p piece has been designed to mark the 75th anniversary of Windrush.

What was Windrush?

When people talk about Windrush, they are celebrating the arrival of the ship, HMT Empire Windrush, arriving in the UK, bringing people from the Caribbean. 

These people and their descendants helped to rebuild Britain after World War II, something that is often forgotten. 

Tell me about the coin.

As it’s the 75th anniversary of their arrival, the Royal Mint has released a limited edition 50p coin in commemoration. It was designed in partnership with artist Valda Jackson, whose parents were among the generation invited to Britain.

One thing is for sure - Britain wouldn’t be the way it is today without the hard work of those who got off the HMT Empire Windrush and other ships, and that is definitely something worth celebrating.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Windrush Foundation. This is a registered charity that designs and delivers heritage projects, programmes and initiatives which highlight African and Caribbean peoples’ contributions to the UK. Learn more here.

Race Equality Foundation. A national charity tackling racial equality in public services. Find out more here.

SARI. Stand Against Racism and Inequality is a charity that provides free and confidential support for anyone who is a victim of hate crime across Avon and Somerset. Support them here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Reduced Inequalities.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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