Run for my wife
On 15 February 2014, James Capon will run the streets of West Yorkshire in a bid to raise awareness of the negative impacts of the UK government’s new family migration policies.
Starting in Pontefract and taking in Featherstone, Normanton, Castleford and Knottingley, James will run 18 miles around five West Yorkshire towns to bring attention to the suffering caused to families as a consequence of the rules.
He hopes ‘run for my wife’ will inform others as to what British nationals with a non-EEA partner are being subjected to under the amended policies, and that this awareness raising will help to effect change.
The rules, which require British sponsors to have a minimum annual income of GBP 18,600 in order to bring their non-British partner to the UK, and even more for each non-British child, are resulting in the long-term, and sometime indefinite, division of many cross-border families.
The run for my wife movement is spreading quickly, with interest from other divided families across the UK in taking up individual runs in an effort to get the message out.
“I'd like for myself and all the people that are suffering at the hands of the UK Border Agency to have a voice. I'd like us to be heard, and I'd like us to be able to live freely with our wives, husbands and children regardless of what part of the world they come from”, said James.
James and Hannah's story :