The windrush poles
Jane has written about the Windrush Poles for The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph (letters) and the Polish UK newspaper, Tydzien Polski. She was filmed by the BBC for the series 'Three Stories' to mark the first official Windrush Day in 2018.
Jane and Janina's daughter Teresa appeared on BBC One's The Repair Shop, series 5 episode 26, when a team of craftsmen repaired a wooden trunk which had belonged to Janina's mother, Ewa Folta. Ewa had brought the trunk with her from Mexico when she travelled as a refugee on the Windrush in 1948. It had been kept in Janina's shed for years. Teresa found it last year after her death, and it has now been beautifully restored as a family heirloom.
Jane Raca (right) with Janina's daughter Teresa Sothcott.
Below: with Ewa Folta's restored trunk. Left to right: cabinet maker Will Kirk, Teresa Sothcott, metal restorer Dominic Chinea, Jane Raca.