Swindon based graphic designer, Jon Richards, was appalled to see the rise in hate crimes that came in the days following the referendum to leave the European Union and has come up with a way to counter the negative messages that have infected so much of the public conversation.
With help from his brother Paul and friend Dan they decided to use their skills to show the world that Brits do care and everyone is welcome.
They have set up a non-profit organisation called CAREmongers and have started posting social media messages giving funny, kind and positive messages. They have also launched a crowdfunding site on JustGiving to raise funds to pay for posters and ads in the public realm.
Jon said: “I felt powerless every time I saw the news in the days after the referendum on 23 June. Then I suddenly realised that there is something I could do. Chatting with Paul and Dan and we quickly came up with the idea of CAREmongers – the opposite of scaremongers that had driven so much in debates about the EU.”
Jon, Paul and Dan want to get as many people behind the idea as possible. If you’d like to get involved, find out more at www.caremongers.com and share the social media messages.
To donate towards the crowdfunding appeal to have posters put up in public place, click crowdfunding.justgiving.com/caremongers
Pictured, examples of CAREmongers posters by Jon, Paul and Dan that could appear if the crowdfunding appeal is successful