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Save Our Soles 2019!

Following the success of our winter socks appeal in 2018, and the recent (desperate) socks appeal from groups helping refugees in Northern France, we’ve decided that our Winter 2019 appeal should be for socks again!

There are two differences this year: firstly that this year we’ve increased our target by 50% to 1,500 pairs, and secondly we are accepting used socks as well as new socks this year, but they must be washed and in good condition: absolutely no holes!

In order to launch our appeal, we are absolutely thrilled that The Good Heart cafe in Palmer Street, Frome, will be receiving donations of socks (and money for socks) on our behalf at their ‘Feast of Kindness‘ next Wednesday, 13th November. Full details are on their World Kindness Day flier below.

If you can’t make it next Wednesday, we will be collecting donations of socks (or cash for socks) every Monday lunchtime up to and including Monday 23rd December at the Cheese & Grain cafe, 12.00 – 14.00 (along with other items on our needs list). Donations of socks and other aid can also be made at our regular donation drop points in Bruton and Glastonbury.

For those who’d prefer to donate online, our Just Giving page has now gone live: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/refugeeactioninsomerseteast The money donated will go direct to Help Refugees so they can buy socks in bulk. Please tick the Gift Aid box if you can: it really helps!

We will be posting regular updates on our progress on Facebook as usual.

We will be sending the socks you donate on through our regular distribution channels as soon as we receive them, so if you bring some in this week they could well be being worn well before Christmas!

Thank you for your help!

From Syria to Sanctuary: a young man’s journey

We are delighted to be co-hosting an evening with Abdulazez Dukhan, at the Ammerdown Centre: please come and hear his inspiring story.

Abdulazez left his home as a child of 12 and travelled thousands of miles across continents, eventually being granted asylum in Belgium.

An accomplished photographer and graphic artist, Abdualzez is fluent in English and Dutch, and his video ‘Letter to Donald’ has been viewed over 13 million times. This is the first of a series of 7 talks he will be giving on this UK tour.

Please come and join us!

There is no charge for the evening but we ask that you make a donation on the night in support of Safe Passage.

Link to map of the Ammerdown Centre: https://goo.gl/maps/KiNTKeButfN2

Thank you for 1,255 pairs of socks!

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.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support!

Winter update 2018

Save Our Soles

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.

Visit my fundraising page on BT MyDonate

Christmas dates

This Christmas we’ll be taking a short break. The last days to donate aid will be as follows:

Frome, Cheese and Grain: 12.00 – 14.00 Monday 17th December

Bruton, Mill on the Brue: 9.00 – 17.00 Thursday 20th December

Glastonbury, Children’s World: 13.00 – 15.00 Friday 14th December

In January all three donation drop points will be open as usual during the week beginning 7th January.

We wish you a warm and happy festive season!

Save Our Soles!

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.

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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.

If you would like to donate money so socks can be bought at bulk prices you can do this on our special fundraising page: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/raisesos. The money we raise in this way will go direct to Help Refugees, and will be earmarked for this purpose only.

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!


Art Extravaganza!

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).

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Cheese & Grain donation drop begins!

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 Cornbrash full 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).