Portishead volunteers stunned by refugees clothing campaign success

PUBLISHED: 11:57 25 October 2015

Mums who have collected donations for  refugees, Squadron Cadet  Centre, Portishead.

Mums who have collected donations for refugees, Squadron Cadet Centre, Portishead.


Thousands of pounds have been raised for Syrian refugees and hundreds of clothes donated after a major drive in Portishead.

A group of Portishead mothers have had to call in the air force to help them after being inundated with donations from members of the public.

Air cadets on Monday helped sort through clothes, blankets and sleeping bags which are to be shipped out to Greece for refugees in need.

But they needed to be sorted into parcels ready to be handed out.

Teacher and mother-of-two Eloise Grobelaar, who started the appeal, said: “We are so grateful to the air cadets for helping us out as our homes are full to bursting with wonderful donations and sorting through them all has become a full-time job.”

The mothers and air cadets’ efforts followed a coffee morning on October 17, which raised £3,500 for the same cause.

Cakes, crafts and coffee were served up and raffle prizes were up for grabs too, following generous donations from the community.

Organiser Nina Jenkins said: “It has just been unbelievable.

“This whole project began very casually when Eloise asked me and a few friends if we could donate a few clothes to send to the camps in Greece. But within a few weeks our Facebook group Help for Refugees Portishead had nearly 400 members and we have been inundated with clothing, blankets and toiletries.

“Our mission now is ship all these packs as quickly as possible out to Greece where they are desperately needed by the people arriving by sea every day.”

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