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Weekend 22nd – 24th January

2016-01-22 13.58.51 On Friday 22nd Jan we filled this van at the warehouse , with boxes of warm jumpers and coats, some food and some firewood.  This was all taken to Care4Calais warehouse in Calais that evening, to be distributed over the weekend.

We also loaded this van (and a car) with aid and on Sunday 24th we drove it down to Bristol and unloaded it at the house of one amazing woman, Shazia Malik, who has organised a container of aid to be delivered to refugee camps in Syria.  2016-01-22 12.27.04   2016-01-22 12.26.36

We took all the food that had been collected from the ‘last minute appeal’ – 2016-01-20 14.02.15

As well as around 60 boxes of warm clothing, blankets and boots.   Aside from 3 pallets of aid leaving for Chios tomorrow (25th), this was the last of the collected aid from our Stroud warehouse, and we were over the moon to be able to send it out to the people in Syria.  The container will be leaving Bristol later this week.  Big up Bristol2Syria and One Nation who have made this possible!


This is an urgent last minute appeal for a food collection that will be sent to Syria, along with all the clothing aid that is left in the warehouse, via container from Bristol. We’ve all seen pictures on the news in the last week of the people eating grass and cats, and at last we have a chance to get aid in there to them as we have secured space in this container. Please buy one, two, or a few things of the following list and either bring them to the warehouse on Wednesday 20th (12 til 4) or Friday 22nd (12til 4), or take them to the Pop Up Shop on Middle St, Stroud, Wednesday,Thursday, Friday or Saturday(20, 21, 22, 23rd) Or you can leave donations at The Prince Albert pub at Rodborough, Stroud Wed,Thurs, Fri, or Sat (20, 21, 22, 23rd).

– basmati rice
– tins/tetra packs/soft packs of kidney beans/chick peas/lentils
– tins tomatoes
– tomato puree
– tins tuna
– vegetable oil
– chapatti flour
– big bags peanuts
– cashew nuts/other nuts
– pitta breads (long use by date)
– instant porridge (ready brek)
– instant soups
– sugar
– tea bags
– lentils

Please give whatever you can and ask others to do so too…if you’re doing your shopping just stick a bag of rice in for Syria.. easy! If 1000 of us do that then that’s a lot of rice! It is short notice but I am sure we can still get a great amount of food together to send with love from Stroud.

We will be driving all the aid down from the warehouse on Sunday morning (24th), so absolutely need to receive it by Saturday afternoon. Please email for address of warehouse if you do not have it.


Currently collecting…..

We are currently collecting for Christmas In Calais….

Food bags – please seen ‘Donations’ page for details

Firewood – if you have a load of logs for the winter, please consider bagging up a few and donating to the refugees at Calais.

Food bags and firewood can be brought straight to the warehouse – please email to get the address.

Hats, Gloves, Scarves – complete sets if possible – these can be brought to the warehouse or taken to the Pop Up Shop at 2 Middle St, Stroud.

We are always collecting everything off the main list on the ‘Donations’ page (beneath the food list).

We are hoping to get a pallet or 2 of aid sent out to Chios next week before Christmas and desperately need sleeping bags, walking boots, men’s thick warm socks, coats, jogging bottoms, children’s coats, children’s vests (must be new or v good condition), thin waterproofs and foil blankets.


Loaded up – destination Calais!

One more van loaded to the rafters with all sorts, and headed for Calais in the morning…

On board is –

Blankets, including some beautiful hand made and stitched peace blankets that are packed up ready to take to the Women’s Centre in the Jungle, in the hope that mum’s will get first choice of them for their kids.. Other blankets will be delivered to the ‘Newcomer’s Distribution Point’  along with the few tents and sleeping bags that we have on board – the general thing is that a newcomer is given a tent, a sleeping bag and a blanket when they arrive on site… we also have a stack of pillows on board which will either go to the newcomers area or to the family field, and a big pile of quilts which will help keep a few people warm….

Food and catering equipment which will go to one of the Free Food Kitchens on site..

Firewood, which we are hoping to be able to distribute ourselves.. thanks to everyone who contributed some bags of ready chopped firewood.

Some plastic chairs that I promised to Sofinee of ‘Kitchen In Calais’ last time I went but forgot to stick them in… this time they are headed her way!

And 2 bikes courtesy of one generous Stroudie, headed out to make someone’s life a lot easier!

I also have 900 Euros in cash… 600 of which will be given to a long term volunteer out there, Claire Moseley, for her to buy some firewood with… and the other 300 we will be spending on fresh fruit and veg for the Ashram and Family Field kitchens… the Fresh Fruit Fairies strike again!!!!!