Mums collect clothes for refugee families in crisis

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 October 2015

Help for Refugees - Portishead, volunteers Cara Griffin, Michelle Moss, Ruth Wood, Sarah Brooks, Eloise Grobbeloar and Nina Jenkins.

Help for Refugees - Portishead, volunteers Cara Griffin, Michelle Moss, Ruth Wood, Sarah Brooks, Eloise Grobbeloar and Nina Jenkins.

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Caring mums have been collecting warm clothes, blankets and sleeping bags to send to refugees looking for a safe haven in Europe.

Help for Refugees - Portishead, volunteers Cara Griffin, Michelle Moss, Ruth Wood, Sarah Brooks, Eloise Grobbeloar and Nina Jenkins.Help for Refugees - Portishead, volunteers Cara Griffin, Michelle Moss, Ruth Wood, Sarah Brooks, Eloise Grobbeloar and Nina Jenkins.

A group of friends from Portishead are hoping to send four pallets of warm clothes, shoes and bedding to provide comfort to families fleeing conflict.

Donations and offers of help have been flooding in and the women have been overwhelmed by the generosity of members of the community.

Michelle Moss, who has been helping to co-ordinate the appeal, said: “We’ve been watching the crisis grow and we wanted to do something to help rather than just talk about how sad it is.

“We set up a Facebook page three weeks ago and we’ve had lots of donations already.

“People have been donating winter clothes, blankets, shoes, sleeping bags and toiletries.

“Our aim is to get enough donations to send out four pallets.”

Donations have already been flooding in and businesses and community groups have also been supporting the cause. Vintage Church has given the group the use of their garage to store all the donations, Amy’s Laundry in Portishead washed and dried bags of clothes which had been given to the appeal, Redcliffe Removal Company has donated free boxes and Waitrose also gave some bags and toiletries for the refugees.

Michelle said: “It makes us realise how generous people can be.

“People have just been really brilliant doing their bit, it’s been lovely seeing so many people helping out.

“We still need sleeping bags, shoes, wellies, and clothing for children aged eight to 14.

“We are also asking for donations to pay for the pallets to be shipped and any surplus money will be used to buy toothpaste, hairbrushes and other toiletries.”

Eloise Grobbelaar came up with the idea for the appeal and her friends Michelle Moss, Jude Woodcock, Nina Jenkins, Ruth Wood, Rebecca Bushell, Kathryn Harper and Ciara Ward-Jenkins have also been helping out.

The women will be collecting donations over the next three weeks before shipping them out to Leros.

Leros is a tiny Greek island where more than 2,500 refugees arrived by boat in just three weeks pushing the island to breaking point.

They are also hoping to raise £1,000 to pay for shipping costs.

Anyone interested in donating clothes, shoes, bedding or money to the appeal can visit the group’s Facebook page Help For Refugees Portishead to find out where to drop them off and what items are needed.

The women are hoping to continue with the appeal as long as the crisis continues.


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