Aid For Refugees


The Banbury Guardian ran a story, in its 4 February edition, about a group of largely local midwives, obstetricians and gynaecologists, who are appealing for support for a mission to Calais, to provide support and emergency medical care to women refugees in the ‘jungle’.

They are leaving on 29 February for 5 days and will work through a voluntary organisation already working in the camp. All Saints is going to help by acting as a village collection point.

They need:

1) Clothing & Bedding: sleeping bags; blankets; warm or weatherproof clothing. This is the highest priority category.

2) Shoeboxes: Filled with items such as sanitary pads; talc; soap; toothpaste; toothbrushes (adults & children’s) flannels; hand towels; nappy sacks and socks.

3) Food: oil; rice; sugar; tinned fish; biscuits; tinned goods such as chick peas, kidney beans & tomatoes; tinned fruit & vegetable, veg stock cube; UHT milk.

4) Money: (£2k) to cover transport costs and for the purchase of goods which need to be bought locally in France. You can donate via the crowdfunding page

Many of us have been moved by the plight of the refugees, but have felt helpless to do anything; here is a practical thing which we can do. What if this happened to you?

Do you have a coat that has sat on a peg unworn for years, or a blanket tucked into a drawer since upgrading to a duvet, unlikely ever to be used again? Canny shoppers might call in to the Mountain Warehouse in Castle Quays, which is having a closing down sale.

You can drop off any donations at All Saints church on Wednesdays 10th and 17th February 11am to 1.00pm, or at Church Cottage to the right of the church gate.

The deadline for Middleton donations is Tuesday 23 February.

Thank you.

David Thompson, Church Cottage. Tel: 01295 711115