Local MSP Jackie Baillie has opened her constituency office to collect donations of clothing and other vital supplies for refugees living in desperate conditions in Calais and with winter approaching.
There are thousands of adults and children at refugee camps in Calais, many of whom are seeking to flee the violence in Syria, North Africa and Afghanistan.
A convoy of vans carrying supplies is due to leave Scotland for this French port in October, so over the next few weeks Jackie Baillie’s office in Dumbarton Town Centre will be collecting clothes, toiletries and camping equipment to help with the grassroots aid effort.
Jackie says: ‘The Tory Government has been far too slow to respond to the refugee crisis gripping Europe and there is a growing anger at the government’s refusal to offer a safe home for families fleeing war and terror.
‘In the absence of compassionate and strong leadership from David Cameron, ordinary people across Scotland and the wider UK are organising convoy trips and collection drives for the refugees in Calais.
‘I know that many people in Dumbarton, Vale of Leven and Helensburgh want to do something to help so over the next few weeks my constituency office will act as one of the central collection points for local people to give what they can.’
Jackie Baillie’s office is at 11 Castle Street in the centre of Dumbarton and is open between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
- Canvas sheets
- Wooden pallets
- Litter Pickers
- Plastic storage boxes [preferably with lids]
- Plastic bags
- Candles [or any other lighting]
- Sleeping bags
- Tents [even if incomplete]
- Toiletry bags
- Smartphone [with sim]
Items of clothing [preferably men’s]
- Shoes/trainers/hiking boots/wellies etc.
- Travelling bags