You can be part of this amazing project inspired by Blur’s Dave Rowntree. Come down to the Brick Lane Yard at London’s famous Old Truman Brewery and treat yourself to an item owned by a music, sport or comedic hero. You’ll make a profound difference to a refugee family in Jordan.

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What's up for grabs?

Musicians and other artists are once again donating their unique possessions and rare memorabilia to raise money for refugees…there’s hundreds of items on offer at the Star Boot Sale event - or you can bid in our online auction with more special items, which goes live on Thursday 19th May. The best bit is you can bid as many times as you like!

Why now?

The Star Boot Sale event is on at the Brick Lane Yard, The Old Truman Brewery at 11am-4pm on Sunday 22nd May. The online auction runs via Star Boot Sale’s official partner, Shpock from 8pm GMT on Thursday 19th May until 8pm GMT on Sunday 29th May. All the money raised will fund two mobile health clinics in Jordan.

“Since last summer, I’ve been motivated to do what I can for refugees still stuck in this unimaginable nightmare,’ said Blur drummer Dave Rowntree. “I’ve just returned from Jordan with the IRC, and this spring, I want to do more for refugees. I saw first-hand the enormous difference this access to vital healthcare can make to families who have fled unthinkable violence and war.”

The bare essentials

Five years after the start of the conflict in Syria, now more than ever, these families need your help.

“We want to raise £100,000 to fund crucial mobile health clinics that look after Syrian refugees in Jordan. All money raised by the event this spring will go towards these clinics. This is urgent. Refugees should have access to basic healthcare and I want to help make that happen”

Whether or not you can attend the event, or bid in our auction, please do make a donation to support the incredible work being delivered by the International Rescue Committee. Their staff work tirelessly in dangerous situations to help bring about a sense of normality to those affected by conflict.  Thank you.


The stories keep coming; people like you and I, fleeing the daily horror of war in search of safety. When people are in crisis, the IRC helps them survive, recover, and get their lives back. It’s big, important work. It’s often away from the news cameras. And five years on from the start of the Syria conflict, that kind of support is exactly what desperate refugee families still need.

Syria’s neighbour, Jordan, continues to provide asylum for a large number of Syrians, Iraqis and other refugees. Most refugees struggle to meet their daily needs, as two thirds live below the poverty line. There is an estimated 635,000 refugees in the country and while Jordan has refugee camps, most Syrians - approximately 80% - live as “urban refugees”; in remote communities. This makes services like healthcare and education hard to reach. The Star Boot Sale is raising important funds to provide Syrian refugees in neighbouring Jordan with two life-saving mobile health clinic in this remote region.

So far across the region the IRC has helped more than 3 million Syrians within the country and those seeking refuge in the Middle East. Every day, IRC aid workers provide emergency support across Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Turkey.

Thank you for your support!