We’re so pleased to report that our winter campaign SAVE OUR SOLES has been a tremendous success! A number of organisations in our local community including schools, colleges, brownie groups, choirs and shops, and many individuals joined in with collecting socks and money for the appeal.
We surpassed our target of 1,000 pairs of new socks by Christmas, and by the end of our first sorting session of 2019 last Monday we had reached the amazing figure of 1,255 pairs of socks!
We have been sending socks on to distribution charities as soon as they arrived, and so many will already have been on refugee’s feet by Christmas. Last Monday’s batch is already loaded and will be in Calais later this week, and more are on their way to Syria and Greece. The money collected will go direct to Help Refugees.
Please remember that we will very happily take pairs of new socks at any time: they are something that is always needed, so if you still have some to donate (and we know there is at least one more batch on the way) they will be just as gratefully received.
All our donation drop points are open again as usual after the festive break, and we look forward to receiving your aid donations in 2019.
Our sock campaign is going well: by the end of our sorting session on Monday 3rd December we had reached 402 pairs of socks!
We’re not quite half way to our target of 1,000 socks, and it’s not long before our donation drop points close for Christmas, so please help by donating new socks or money as soon as you can! The button below will take you straight to our fundraising page.
This Christmas we’ll be taking a short break. The last days to donate aid will be as follows:
This year our winter appeal is for 1,000 pairs of socks. Having warm, dry feet is a basic human need, and links directly to well-being and health. Many refugees will not have even this essential comfort that most of us take for granted. In this campaign we aim to collect donations of both new socks and money to buy socks.
The socks donated will be given to refugees in Calais, Greece and Syria through our normal distribution networks. We welcome socks for men, women and children, but please make them new winter socks! They can be dropped off at our regular donation drop points in Frome, Bruton and Glastonbury, and we hope to add more sock-specific donation drop points just for this appeal.
We would love it if you or your community group, school, college or workplace would like to get involved, either by holding a ‘sock drop’ for us, or by holding a fundraising event. This might include a coffee morning, clothes swishing event, car boot or jumble sale: anything (legal) really!
Please do contact us if you’d like a flier or poster to support your sock drop, or if we can help you promote your sock drop or fundraising event by posting it in our facebook group!
Do come along to the Silk Mill in Frome this weekend for our fabulous art extravaganza!
Volunteer and local artist Lorna Thomas has been rallying renowned artists and local Somerset talent to join forces in support of refugees. The result is an action packed weekend on 24th and 25th February, with a great array of art for you to see, make and buy, plus live music, refreshments, and plenty of fun.
We’ll also be accepting donations of new or nearly new children’s art materials for Help4Refugee Children to use in creative workshops with refugee children in France and London (see needs list below).
So pleased to let you know that for the month of February we’re going to be holding donation drops every Monday lunchtime at the Cheese & Grain!
This iconic and action packed building is for many at the very heart and soul of Frome, and so we’re very much looking forward to introducing new people to the work that RAISE does, and hopefully we’ll bring more people in to see the many wonderful things going in in the Cheese & Grain too! We will be accepting clothing for men, women and children, blankets, sleeping bags, and smaller items like toiletries, footwear, walking sticks. Our volunteers will be in the cafe near reception.
You can ONLY leave your donations at the Cheese & Grain on Monday lunchtimes between 12.00 and 14.00.
For donations at other times during the week, and for larger items (like wheelchairs and zimmer frames), we ask that you take donations to Storagebase in Cornbrashfull address and opening times here.
Please note we will no longer be accepting donations on Monday afternoons at Your Storage Space in Wallbridge (although we are still sorting and packing there).
Thanks to our friends in Children’s World, we now have an active donation drop point in Glastonbury! This is fantastic news, as in 2015 we started collecting aid for refugees in Glastonbury, Frome and Bruton: now we can offer this service locally in all three towns again.
Children’s World are an amazing local charity, who work with children both in the UK and abroad. We have collaborated with them before, as they have transported trailers full of aid donations from RAISE to Calais when they have been running their fun-based workshops with refugee children in the camps.
Now they have kindly offered to be a satellite donation drop point for people in the Glastonbury area who want to donate items of aid to refugees via RAISE. Sorting and packing will still be done in our main warehouse space in Frome, where we welcome volunteers 13.30 – 15.30 on Monday afternoons.
Donations will be accepted in Glastonburybetween 13.00 and 15.00 on Friday afternoons (except Bank Holidays). Please only donate the items listed on our regular list, which you can find here. Aid will be given to refugees resettled locally as well as to those in to Europe, the Middle East, and beyond.
Sorry this is going to be incredibly brief as I’ve broken my right arm!
In short, since my last update:
our appeal for 100 filled handbags for women in refugee camps was vastly exceeded: we managed to fit in 325, plus suitcases and pushchairs, to join the other vital aid taken by Hope and Aid Direct to Thessaloniki and Lesvos, and have 85 more bags packed and ready to go on the next trip;
our Winter Survival appeal is still going well. We’ve already raised £1,045, most of which we’ve already spent on SNUG packs and sleeping bags, many of which have already been sent out for distribution to those sleeping rough in mainland Europe;
we have also managed to send several van loads of sorted and packed aid to RAFT in Taunton for Syria;
we got a sorting and packing backlog during January when our focus was on the handbags, but our wonderful volunteer team managed to catch up and are now eagerly awaiting more donations;
meanwhile the situation continues to be dire for many refugees in Europe and the Middle East, so your help is very much needed.