UK: Deporting a champion

15 December 2017 — 38 Degrees

As a champion boxer who has represented England, Kelvin has fought against the odds many times. But today’s he’s sat in a detention centre, fighting his deportation from from the country he calls home. [1]

It’s been all over the press. The champion boxer set to be deported to Nigeria, a country where he has no family and knows no one. A country he’s even competed against for England. [2] Sharlot, a 38 Degrees member, thinks Kelvin deserves to stay in England where he’s lived for over half his life. So she has set up a petition on the 38 Degrees website. [3]

Kelvin’s case has already become national news and the government will be watching closely. A huge petition signed by thousands of us, would show the Home Office that the public want Kelvin to stay in the country he has represented and fought for. The more of us who sign, the more chance he has of staying.

So, will you stand in Kelvin’s corner, and sign the petition now?

When he arrived in the UK from Nigeria aged 14, Kelvin was made a domestic slave by an uncle he was living with. He ran away at 15 and fell in with a bad crowd, but when he came across a local boxing club, Kelvin turned his life around. Since his troubled youth he’s represented England six times and holds the title of London’s middleweight boxing champion. [4]

Here’s what Kelvin said:

“I have been here since I am 14. I don’t know anything else, this is the only place I know… Imagine how it feels to represent a country and then to have that country turn around and put you in what feels like a prison.” [5]

This isn’t the first time 38 Degrees members have stood up against unfair deportations. Just last week we won a campaign to keep Kweku Abodoli, a finance industry whistleblower, in the country. Thousands of us signed a petition calling for the Home Office to let him stay. [6] We can do it again and make sure Kelvin stays in the place he calls home.

if you think Kelvin should be allowed stay in the country he’s fought for, will you sign the petition now?

Thanks for being involved,

David, Cathy, Robin, Jess and the 38 Degrees team

Sharlot Bailey started their petition on the 38 Degrees ‘Campaigns by You’ website.

With Campaigns By You anyone can start their own campaign with the click of a button. But that’s just where your journey begins. Creating a petition, then sharing it with friends and colleagues, can soon give you a groundswell of support. Perhaps you’ll end up changing something really important.

Use this link to get your campaign started today, it takes just a couple of minutes and we’ll support you every step of the way:

[1] The Mirror: Boxer who’s represented England six times is locked in immigration centre pending deportation to country he’s competed against:
The Independent: British boxing champion chosen to represent Team GB faces deportation:
The Guardian: Boxing champion awaits deportation after fighting for England six times:
[2] See note 1
[3] 38 Degrees: Grant Kelvin Bilal Fawaz British Citizenship:
[4] See note 1
[5] Get West London: Boxing star Bilal Fawaz locked in immigration detention centre pending deportation despite representing England six times:
[6] Reuters: Fighting deportation from UK, convicted ex-trader Adoboli wins reprieve:
38 Degrees: Stop the deportation of whistleblower Kweku Adoboli: