Group steps up refugee support

Collection for Refugee action in St Andrews. (Picture by Peter Adamson.)

Collection for Refugee action in St Andrews. (Picture by Peter Adamson.)

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A group set up to provide a local focus in response to the refugee crisis is now moving to a new phase of support.

Refugee Action St Andrews held a two-day collection event in the town recently and was overwhelmed at the support, both in terms of donations of items for refugees arriving in UK and elsewhere in Europe and in the number of volunteers who turned out to lend a hand.

People were enornmously generous in terms of donations and support

The group tapped into existing distribution networks and delivered donations to CalAid in Edinburgh, which is distributing goods to camps in Calais, and to Dundee Refugee Support, which has been taking donated items, particularly for women and children, to refugees in Istanbul and the islands of Kos and Lesbos.

“People were enornmously generous in terms of donations and support,” said Hannah Partis-Jenning, of the Refugee Action St Andrews Committee.

“What we are finding now is that money is more useful to buy what is needed most in the areas where the refugees are so we are now moving into a second phase of raising cash through monetary donations.”

The group was founded by PhD student Nora Labo who was joined by fellow students and then Elizabeth O’Keeffe, who had started her own group in Crail.