75 Camping Beds & 75 Sleeping Bags!

£1,575 of £200 goal

Raised by 60 people in 48 months
Hello everyone,

I wanted to update you on what the funds raised for refugees have been spent on. Your generosity meant I could purchase 75 camping beds and 75 high quality sleeping bags which will be distributed as a combination (bed and sleeping bag) in Calais. THANK YOU.

Some background: After talking to the warehouse in Calais, to people on the ground involved in organising donations into the camp and reading through the requests of refugees themselves, the main concern in the camp right now is how to keep warm and dry during Winter.

The outdoor company Millets / Blacks has agreed to deliver a one-off bulk order for free to the warehouse in Calais, at cost prices. This was negotiated by someone called Mat Frost who has also been fundraising and has been facilitated by Michaela at Millets. Big thanks to both of them.

I thought for a long time about what to buy from the list provided by Millets. With warmth a priority, and most people sleeping on the ground (some without even a mat), I think that being off the ground and on a raised camping bed is a huge benefit, and the sleeping bag is high quality and warm. Plus when people move on, the camping beds can be reused and will certainly have more longevity than mats.

After Gofundme commission is taken into account, the total donations raised were £1454 all of which has been spent on these items.

Thank you everyone.
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Hello everyone,

I wanted to update you on what the funds raised for refugees have been spent on. Your generosity meant I could purchase 75 camping beds and 75 high quality sleeping bags which will be distributed as a combination (bed and sleeping bag) in Calais. THANK YOU.

Some background: After talking to the warehouse in Calais, to people on the ground involved in organising donations into the camp and reading through the requests of refugees themselves, the main concern in the camp right now is how to keep warm and dry during Winter.

The outdoor company Millets / Blacks has agreed to deliver a one-off bulk order for free to the warehouse in Calais, at cost prices. This was negotiated by someone called Mat Frost who has also been fundraising and has been facilitated by Michaela at Millets. Big thanks to both of them.

I thought for a long time about what to buy from the list provided by Millets. With warmth a priority, and most people sleeping on the ground (some without even a mat), I think that being off the ground and on a raised camping bed is a huge benefit, and the sleeping bag is high quality and warm. Plus when people move on, the camping beds can be reused and will certainly have more longevity than mats.

After Gofundme commission is taken into account, the total donations raised were £1454 all of which has been spent on these items.

Thank you everyone.
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Dear wonderful supporters!

Thank you very much for your donations. It's been exactly a week since I launched this fundraiser, and a lot has changed in this short space of time. Although many many children and adults have been killed fleeing their countries, the image of the drowned boy Alyan this week went viral around the world forcing politicians and the media to be more careful about 'anti-migrant' rhetoric. While I have no illusions this will last, there seems finally to be more of a recognition and debate that these people are largely refugees. I have also been very inspired by all the groups I am now a member of, where individuals are banding together in so many ways to provide support and money.

So, on to my target. Thank you for completely smashing it! I am going to be buying a range of new items with this money including: hiking boots, outdoor equipment, toothbrushes, soap, torches and so on. The items will be given to CalAid, who are acting as a main collection point, they then give to some of the small organisations on the ground to distribute to refugees living in Calais. While I am bringing donations of clothes etc I've collected on Sunday 6th, these purchased items will be delivered to CalAid on October 4th at their next collection date, as I need time for all the donations to be processed, and to research the best ways to spend these funds.

I'll be providing a full update of what has been bought at the beginning of October.

Thanks very much everyone. I'm going to keep the page open for a while in case a few other donations come through, so please keep sharing if you haven't as yet.

Much love and appreciation! Leigh x
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Created August 28, 2015
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Thank you for all your wonderful work!

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