Well done to everyone who has responded to the refugee crisis appeal. Here is an update of local activities:
For ongoing involvement please follow the West Berkshire Action for Refugees facebook group. Please register to volunteer here, keep emailing our MP and councillors and think about how you could do some fundraising.
Newbury’s donation appeal was very successful with supplies going to CalAid. There will be a convoy going to Macedonia from Burghfield next month and they will be taking some of our collected items. Baby carriers are also being shipped to Greece. And over 300 pairs of childrens shoes went to JoJo Maman Bebe over the last 2 weeks for their collection for refugee camps in Lebanon.
Donations are on hold for now but there are other ways you can help. A bake sale and table top sale is planned at Newbury Town Hall on Saturday 12 December, so please put that date in your diary, contribute cakes and encourage friends to come along. For more details contact [email protected]
The Hungerford Tesco collection was also very successful. Three full car loads (with back seats down) of donations were delivered including new shoes and socks, masses of toiletries, new towels, lots of clothing especially coats and plenty of positive messages from donors. The sleeping bags, sleeping mats and tents were taken immediately to a different collection point because there was a convoy heading to Macedonia that day. The food received was donated to the harvest festival in Ramsbury, which was giving some to the elderly in need and the rest to food banks in Hungerford.
The Wiltshire appeal for donations for Refugee Emergency Packs had a great response resulting in 27 boxes and 397 packs which is amazing. Congratulations to Year 6 students and teacher Jo Popperwell at Great Bedwyn School for raising £1,000 from a sponsored walk which they then used to create 130 emergency packs. Well done to Sam from Local Uncovered for coordinating. The packs will be despatched soon to Kos and possibly other parts of Greece in much need of them.
The Swindon-Calais Solidarity Group have done amazing work. They have deliverd lots of supplies already but still have tonnes of blankets to deliver but need help funding the transport costs. Can you make a donation of cash or fuel or offer the use of a van? Please donate or contact the organisers here.
If you would like to join the discussion in Swindon about welcoming refugees please join the facebook group Swindon Welcomes Refugees
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