You may have seen on our social media websites, or even read about us in our feature in the Wirral Globe, but we sent out a Facebook post on Friday 4th letting our friends, family and further network links know that we were starting a collection for the unfortunate refugees in Kos.
When it was brought up in the office as an idea it got great reception, and The Marsh Cat (with whom we share our Director) is so busy it was believed they might receive a few bits and bobs from the lovely staff and customers there…
We did not expect to be absolutely inundated by supplies (mostly second-hand but some brand-spanking-new) over one weekend. And, to be honest, we weren’t really prepared for it…
They completely filled the Marsh Cat premises twice over and then they were slowly overtaking office space at Riverside Park (where RT is situated) – car loads kept arriving every hour, even past our cut-off point!
The photo above was taken last Tuesday, shows only one corner of the room and a week after the initial FB post it had tripled in almost-bursting bin bags!
We spent hours sorting through the donations in order to get them ready to be couriered. Penkeths and B&M Waste, Wirral-based companies like us, kindly gave us large cardboard boxes and tape to package everything up and we’re also working in partnership with the charity Kos Kindness, who take over things once the supplies reach Kos. Due to the amount of donations, a portion was separated in order to aid the refugees in Calais, too.
This blog post is, more or less, just to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed – feel proud, this is an amazing achievement!
(And if you have more donations to give, we are aware of another local collection point: Christian Aid in Birkenhead)