New collection day for refugees

By Surrey and Hants News in Local People

Farnham Help for Refugees is holding another collection day on Thursday, June 1, from 2pm until 7pm at Hale Scout Hut, Wings Road.

The group is collecting items specifically reqested by aid agencies who work with aid agencies across the Middle East, Europe and the UK and has held five previous collections since the autumn of 2015 which have elicited a generous response from people across the area.

A spokeswoman for the group aid:?“What is a bit different this time is that we have a much more detailed list of items the aid agencies have identified. From basic medical equipment and toiletries so desperately needed, to manual sewing machines that can enable refugees to make and mend items themselves. We are still asking for clothes and shoes for all ages, female and male. There is a great need for baby items too, so nappies (including reusable ones) and wipes would be warmly welcomed, as well as baby clothes, blankets and Moses baskets.”

The group is also looking for volunteers to help sort all the donations on the Thursday afternoon/early evening. Anyone able to go, even for an hour, is asked to contact the group via its Facebook page www.facebook.com/Farnham-Help-for-Refugees-in-UK-and-Overseas-1503359563295156

After the last collection in February, two large vans filled with donations were taken to the aid group High Wycombe Helping Others, who sent the aid directly to those in need in Syria. A full car-load of toiletries and nappies was distributed by the British Red Cross in Portsmouth to help refugees in the UK.