SOME people might view their 90s as a time to relax. But not Harry Leslie Smith.
The Yorkshire-born activist, and former World War 2 RAF veteran, turns 95 next February.
But instead of taking up bowls or tackling tough crosswords, he plans to spend his final years highlighting the plight of refugees around the world. It’s an issue he describes as “the greatest global humanitarian crisis since WW2”.
To do this, he’s launched Harry’s Last Stand which will see him tour refugee camps across Europe, America and Australia.
Harry is asking the public to help fund his travels and will document his findings a new book. Despite being in his 90s, Harry is no technophobe. He plans to highlight refugee stories using Twitter. He has 125,000 followers.
Harry has already written about growing up hungry during the Great Depression and also visited refugees living in the Calais “jungle” camp.
He wants to tour more refugee hot spots “to document this preventable tragedy that may lead us to another war as gruesome as the one I helped fight against Hitler over 70 years ago.”
After all, says Harry: “We welcomed refugees in 1945. We can’t abandon them today.”
Find out more at www.gofundme.com/harrys-last-stand-tour