What next…our next priorities..

Our next actions/ assistance projects are:
– Chios LIFE RESCUE TEAM – send 1000 foil blankets from the foil blanket appeal
– Make and send baby and kids complete clothing sets to Tilos Island
– Aid onto the Macedonia Aid Bus
– Fundraise to buy all the medical equipment the Chios Life Rescue Team need (spine boards, first aid bags, head immobilisers, portable defibrillator and more)
– Eidomeni – keep sending boxes using postage funds
– Samos – keep sending boxes using postage funds


What we have acheived so far…

– We have visited several refugee camps 27th Oct – 5th Nov and given out aid, and spent £2056 on clothes, hats, gloves scarves, blankets, water, baby food and milk, 2500 sandwiches for the Slovenia/ Austria no man’s land and soups for 600 people at Tabanovtse station, Macedonia
– We have sent 25kg of aid donations to Lesvos (to test sending worked ok)
– We have sent 330kg of aid donations to Samos
– We have sent half a tonne of aid to Hungary & Macedonian/ Serbia border
– We have fundraised for 750 hot meals at #Tabanovtse station, Macedonia
– We have fundraised £390 for daily supplies at #Tabanovtse station, Macedonia
– We have fundraised nearly £2000 for foil blankets to go to Greece
– We have sent 120kg of aid donations to Thessaloniki Solidarity with Refugees Group for Eidomeni (Greece/Macedonia border)
– We have sent over 500kg of aid donations in pallets to Tilos Island, Greece
– We have bought 6 x 10litre hot water boilers/tea urns in Athens for UNCHR on Chios island to keep warm drinks to refugees flowing
– We have had a private family through Shazia Malik in Bristol donate enough money to buy 16 wheelchairs from Athens and ship them to the UNHCR in Chios
– We, with hardwork of Shazia Malik, are part of the group that has secured a large bus unit via Caravans for Calais that cost £5k and is being filled with aid in Wrexham other towns (Oxford, Bristol, Cardiff & Peterborough) and driven to Macedonia, where our head volunteer will man the bus for Mothers and Baby Unit and also general aid distribution

Wheelchairs Fundraising

Click here to donate to our Wheelchairs for Refugees Campaign

I have been in the refugee camps and seen disabled people with no way of moving/ travelling. I have been with groups who had to buy wheelbarrows to put old and injured people in.
I have found a company in Athens who can supply wheelchairs to groups I am helping in Chios Island and Samos Island. For Chios I will send to UNHCR contacts and for Samos it is to a grassroots group of volunteers.
As soon as I have the funds I will buy 12 wheelchairs, 6 for each destination and get them there straight away.
Imagine being disabled, leaving your wheelchair on the shores of Turkey, getting in a boat that may capsize/sink – thinking what will happen to you. Then you make it alive and you have no way of going anywhere or moving.

Tea Urns/ Hot Water Boilers for Chios

teaurnsWe have a contact in Greece who has sourced some 10 litre tea urns for us to buy and send to Chios for UNHCR. Pleased to say they will be ordered today and on their way. Buying locally saves transport costs and these will have the eu pin plug so no need for adapters 🙂

Updates from Slovenia

Shazia Malik has been in Slovenia trying to go see the camps, and more importantly the areas outside the camps where are people waiting. She had been working on getting permission from the Red Cross for us to buy a 12m industrial tent or two to get some sort of system and shelter in place. However  from Wednesday it was hoped that everyone could be accomodated inside the camp. The relief plan was to relocaye everyone by train to Sentijl at the Austrian border. Shazia therefore decided to make her way there to see if our assistance is required there.

By Thursday night/ early Friday morning Shazia had managed to convince the officials to allow them to serve food to people who had been waiting on the border. With this agreed she started working on implementing some kind of system at the border crossing so people are warm, dry and have food and drink. Jane and Faz arrived in Slovenia on Sunday where they were planning to join Shazia. However Shazia had to rush up to Vienna with another charity with a van full of food as reports were coming through about 1500 refugees waiting and needing food. For more updates on Slovenia see the blog post ‘Jane’s facebook updates’.

Garden Village Playgroup Table Top Sale

The Garden Village Playgroup ‘nearly new’ table top sale on Saturday the 31st October raised £50, which will pay for 185 pairs of baby gloves for Tabanovtse which are desperately needed. Thanks to Elinor Doherty and Donna Madeleine Shepherd for your hard work on the day!12109194_10156207748200298_8195438454701810806_n