‘Overwhelming’ show of support is praised

Claire Logan and her dad Ian Hood, who are organising the refugee collection in Cupar
Claire Logan and her dad Ian Hood, who are organising the refugee collection in Cupar

Organisers of a collection for refugees say they have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the response from people in Cupar and the Howe.

Donations have been pouring since young Cupar mum Claire Logan launched Cupar Fife Refugee Collection and hundreds of bags are currently being sorted at a central collection point in Glenrothes ready to be transported to London on October 3 en route to Calais.

Today (Friday) is the last day for handing in donations to the Cupar collection points, Steven Stewart Funeral Directors and MP Stephen Gethins’ office, both in Bonnygate - but people can also take items directly to Glenrothes .

The collection point is at the former Glenrothes Coachworks building in Woodside Road.

You can even donate by buying items on Amazon identified on the Cupar Fife Refugee Collection wishlist.

So many donations were handed in to Steven Stewart’s premises that the Fife Herald stepped in to help by opening its office to help store them.

Claire and her dad Ian Hood, who recently retired, hired a large van to take donations from Cupar and the Howe to Glenrothes.

“I would like to thank everyone for the enormous amount of donations that have been handed in over the past couple of weeks,” said Claire .

“The pile of donations is absolutely gigantic.

“ I have a list as long as my arm of people I need to thank for collecting, storing and helping to move all the donations.

“I can’t thank you all enough for the effort you have put in.”

In Dunshalt, collection organiser Jenni Gudgeon, a local artist, was equally impressed.

“People have been amazing,” she said.

“For such a small village the response has been overwhelming.

“I printed off a list of everything that was needed and put it out as a flyer - and people really came up trumps, even going out to buy items such as nappies that are so badly needed.

“They’ve been coming from Auchtermuchty and Falkland with donations too.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to all who contributed.”

All over Fife and Kinross-shire, donations have flooded in since the photo of three year-old Syrian Aylan Kurdi, whose body was washed up on a Turkish beach, touched the hearts of the nation.

Roderick Campbell, SNP MSP for North East Fife, praised what he described as the “outstanding generosity” of his constituents during a debate in the Scottish Parliament.

He said: “The strength of positive feeling towards refugees, that I have seen, defines Scotland as a country: friendly, welcoming, and accepting of those who are from different backgrounds. The willingness to turn positive sentiment into action is what makes Scotland a good global citizen.

“The recent collections taken in Cupar, Anstruther and Tayport, for example, have been outstanding in their generosity and I am proud of the people of north east Fife who are so eager to help their fellow human beings.”

Mr Campbell also criticised the Westminster government for its response to the refugee crisis, saying: “Fewer than two weeks ago I argued that what is needed is a pan-European approach. I continue to think that such an approach is needed.”