Buy your #ArtIsFreedom Christmas cards

This Christmas give your loved one a card designed by survivors of modern slavery and all proceeds will go to men and women receiving support in our modern slavery response.  

In October Hestia facilitated #ArtIsFreedom, a week-long exhibition at the Anise Gallery in central London and featured creative pieces of visual art including painting, photography, textile and digital self portraits. #ArtIsFreedom allowed men and women to express their journey through the medium of art and ask what London means to the individual.  

Each design comes with 5 copies (including envelope) or an 8 card multi-pack with 2 copies of each design. 

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'Photograph Multi Pack' 

8 A6 cards with envelopes 

£4.99 

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modern slavery Christmas cards

'Seasons Multi Pack' 

8 A6 cards with envelopes 

£4.99 

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'Christmas' 

8 A6 cards with envelopes 

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Tomi's Story 

Tomi grew up in Nigeria with his mother and younger sister. His abusive father left when he was nine and his mother turned to prostitution as the only way to provide for her children. One of the men who visited his mother always brought toys and treats for the children. Tomi called him “uncle”. When Tomi turned thirteen, “uncle” offered to take him to London where he could study and find a better future. Reluctantly, his mother agreed.


Tomi was excited to leave and at the prospect of building a new life and supporting his mum and siblings. However, the minute he landed in London, he realised something was wrong.  His “uncle” stopped being nice. They got in a car with three other men and Tomi was driven to a flat. That was the last he saw of “uncle”. From then on, Tomi was driven from house to house where he was forced to sleep with older women and to take drugs and alcohol. Tomi was subjected to regular beatings and rape for six years.


One of the women Tomi visited promised to help him if he agreed to live with her. Tomi cooperated in order to escape. Whilst travelling with the woman, Tomi pretended he wanted to use the toilets at a petrol station. From there, he managed to run away and started to sleep rough. Begging for work, Tomi was offered a floor to sleep on at a shop in exchange for cleaning.


Tomi attended a Nigerian church where he first found the strength to share his story. His pastor helped him go to the police from where he was referred to The Salvation Army and Hestia. Since being referred, Tomi has been volunteering to support homeless children and drug addicts at his local church.

Some people are not able to rebuild their lives like Tomi. With each purchase of a Christmas cards, you are allowing us to continue to do vital work by providing emotional and practical support to victims of modern slavery. 

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