We will post news on trips and aid delivered.
A massive big thank you to my daughter Joanne for raising £750 for our charity. It is an amazingly brave thing to shave off your hair. Her hair was also sent to The Little Princess Trust, who make wigs for children with cancer. So, she has helped two charities. Thanks once again, both Carole and I really appreciate it. Well done. Mum xxx
(I think you looked beautiful all the way through your journey ) xxx
Well done Lancaster Motorcycles for taking on this feat. Safe journey; your actions will make such a difference.
Thanks to all our supporters who donated aid. Some has already gone and more now on its way. It's great when organisations work together ❤ for the benefit of others less fortunate.
Thank you so much to Elaine and staff at Kirkby C of E primary school for arranging a collection of aid for the Ukrainian crisis.
We really appreciate your help and support.
Another very generous donation received today from Hillcroft Nursing Home, Morecambe.
All now sorted and packed and will very shortly start it's journey to those in need.
A big thank you to all at Hillcroft Morecambe.
Today we collected a very substantial amount of toiletries and clothing put together by the wonderful staff at Job Centre Plus in Morecambe, for refugees from Ukraine.
These amazing ladies, Petra and Vicky, representatives of The Job Centre staff loaded it all into the car.
It will soon be sorted and packed and start making its way to the areas where its needed.
Thank you to all involved.
We now have a trusted contact to enable us to send aid to support refugees fleeing Ukraine. This group has already successfully taken very specific supplies to Ukraine and are now ready to receive aid in the form of clothing, toiletries etc.
Those seeking safety have, in many instances left home with a suitcase, but are oftèn, having to leave those at the railway station to enable more people to board the trains and reach safety.
We are confident that this group will be successful as they have close links with Ukraine and are using Ukrainian drivers.
We are seeking:
Warm clothing for men, women, children and babies, in particular-
Hats, scarves and gloves
Jackets and coats
Nappies all sizes
Roll on deodorant
Toothpaste and toothbrushes
Baby food and formula
New underwear and socks
Thermal cups and flasks
Please contact us to make any donations.
This is another opportunity for us to express our gratitude for your support.
Best wishes from The Ripple Effect team.
Would you like to sponsor a banana box for £3? If so contact us via messenger and we will give you the details. Your name etc will be placed on the box. The sponsored banana boxes in the photograph will be on the way to Northern France, on the truck, organised by Distribute aid. Thank you to everyone who has donated aid and or sponsored a banana box . It is Much appreciated.
Sponsor a banana box
Winter is approaching quickly in Northern France. Heavy rain and low temperatures will make the coming months increasingly difficult for displaced people. The donations received by the Ripple Effect are vital to helping support the work of groups including MRS (Mobile Refugee Support), Collective Aid, Utopia56, Refugee Women's Centre, and Calais Food Collective. We are currently sorting and boxing aid to go on the truck to France. We are also responding to appeals locally for Refugees who are settling into this country. Please continue to donate suitable items. Information of items needed and accepted can be found on our website . click on the photo for more information.
We are trialling collecting paperback books and some brands of used printer ink cartridges to recycle to raise funds.
The following spent ink cartridges:
HP/Canon/Dell/Frama Matrix/ Neopost/Samsung/Lexmark
If you have any unwanted make up that is new and has not been opened or have access to any supplies of make up, we would also love to be able to send these out for the ladies in the camps. A little luxury that has probably not been experienced for some time.
We look forward to having greater contact with you all when the restrictions are lifted.
Thank You for all your support.
If you would like to support the Ripple Effect Lancaster financially you can sign up to use Give as you Live. When you shop on line with 4000 stores via their web site and select The Ripple Effect Lancaster, they will donate a small amount to our charity.
There is no cost to you.
click on the link for more information.
Over the last few weeks we have continued to collect and sort aid for Refugees. We have been in regular contact with Toula who is the founder of CESRTS (Chios Eastern Shore Response Team) and legal representative of Offene Arme on the island of Chios. We have sent over a number of pallets with specific items that were requested. We have had notification that these have now arrived in Chios for distribution.
We also sent over a pallet of aid to the Hope Project on the island of Lesvos in response to the terrible fire that engulfed the camp in Moria and left the refugees fleeing for their lives yet again and having to endure even worse living conditions than before.
We have been involved in the Choose Love Campaign. We agreed to be a drop off and pick up point for essential hygiene products to be sent over to Lesvos. It was a really successful weekend and we managed to fill 62 banana boxes with hygiene products, including nappies, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, deodorant etc. This has now been collected and is being shipped to Lesvos for distribution.
We have been in contact with an organisation called Distribute aid. They co-ordinate aid from smaller charities around the country to central points, were they can be placed into containers and sent to various destinations to help refugees. We have managed to complete 8 pallets and these will be distributed as follows:-
2 pallets to be transported Scotland, ( Highland support) to be put in a container – destination
Toula (CESRTS), Chios Greece.
3 pallets to be transported to Perth, Scotland –destination, Attika distribution centre, Lesvos, Greece.
3 pallets to be transported to Pudsey in Leeds to be put into a container – destination - Calais, France
Thanks to everyone involved for your continued support. We really appreciate it.
Thank you to everyone in the North West of England who donated to our toiletries appeal in support of "Choose Love".
Church groups, sewing groups and individuals have been delivering throughout the week and also today.
All donations are sorted into categories and boxed in banana boxes, for easy handling at their destination.
These items will then start their journey to Lesvos to offer some comfort and hope to those who have lost so much.
So far we have packed 42 banana boxes as a result of your generosity. 💕
We have recently been able to send much needed aid to the Hope Project in Lesvos for Moria camp and CESRT ( Chios First Response team) in Chios.
Thank you so much for our supporters in Lancaster/Morecambe/Overton and supporters in Liverpool
including The Scouse Kitchen / L6 food bank and the SSS group (Share,Swap,Surplus).
We really appreciate your help. ❤
In collaboration with Offene Arme we are delighted to be sending this pallet containing Moses baskets, children's summer clothes and abayas to CESRT on the Greek island of Chios. Offene Arme funded €1000 to enable us to purchase abayas from a great supplier in Manchester.
S J Bargh very kindly collected the pallet today, at short notice to deliver to Metafors/YasaTrans who will be loading it on their wagon tomorrow evening to start its journey to Chios. Had we missed this deadline it would have taken another week. We are so grateful to all who have helped us to meet this deadline. 💕
Today we were so pleased to be able to supply men's items for Calais. What a great gesture from James Cartwright to drive down from Carlisle to collect our aid. Delighted we filled the van with clothing, sleeping bags, blankets, hygiene packs and the odd tent!
Thanks to all our supporters for your donations. In particular we received a lot of new t shirts and shoes from doners in Liverpool.
You are all amazing. 💕
Please note we are always happy to accept blankets, sleeping bags, hygiene products, new underwear and socks and good quality practical clothing for men, women and children. If unsure please message us and we'll get back to you promptly.
James with van of donations for Calais
Thanks so much to the people who donated Moses baskets etc. We have been able to make up a pallet of aid that has been requested and will arrange to have it transported over to Greece as soon as possible.
We have had aid donated by some Liverpool homeless charities who have had spare sleeping bags etc, so thanks to Scouse kitchen and the other guys on the Share/Swap/Surplus group.
We have recently had communication with a contact in Samos, Greece, working with an organisation called Refugees4Refugees. We are pleased that we are able to send over a pallet of summer aid. Fortunately, due to the hard work of our loyal volunteers prior to the Covid 19 lockdown, we had a summer pallet of aid in storage.
So, we have been able to instruct our transport logistics company,
S J Barghs to deliver the pallet to another company called YasaTrans.
YasaTrans will deliver the pallet to Samos, Greece in the next week or two.
We are delighted that we are able to do this, considering the situation at the moment.
Thanks again to our wonderful volunteers, who enabled us to be prepared and have the aid ready to go.
We have recently been fortunate to have met a group of like-minded people; people who care passionately about the situation which refugees find themselves in, people who want to make a difference, people who understand that people don't flee their homeland out of choice, but out of necessity. That group is “Bentham Refugee Support”.
They have been donating items of clothing, sleeping bags and many of the items that we regularly send out to Chios over a period of time now.
Last Saturday, following weeks of planning they hosted an evening of music and prose, ”March Extravaganza”, a fundraising event with refugees in mind. We are honoured and extremely grateful that they chose to donate the proceeds of the evening to The Ripple Effect, in recognition of all that we do to support refugees. The amount they raised will make a big difference to our funds and enable us to send further consignments out to Greece.
Thank you to all the musicians and writers who contributed to make this, such an enjoyable evening. Thanks to all who were involved in the planning, baked cakes, served refreshments and a myriad of other things required for the event to be the success that it was and thank you to all who donated funds. You are all amazing people.
As we were enjoying the evening so much, we missed opportunities to take photos, but a list of those who performed is as follows:
Lizzie and Jameela
A very successful trip to Chios. The people on the ground here are doing such good work and we are delighted to be able to support them. We achieved what we set out to do;
to establish that we still understand the needs of the charities on the ground, to enable us to cater for the needs of the refugees and to
provide toiletries to both the Women's Centre and to CESRT (Chios Eastern Shore Response Team), which are always in short supply here.
The Women’s Centre takes groups of women out from the squalid camp into their premises, providing a safe, clean and caring environment for a few hours on a daily basis. They have the opportunity to shower and receive feminine products and toiletries and the ladies who are pregnant receive invaluable support.
CESRT are prepared at any moment to respond to boat landings on the shores of Chios. They arrive, with appropriate dry clothing, blankets and hot tea at short notice 24 hours a day. In addition they provide aid to the refugees in the camp and elsewhere on the island including the hospital. They also provide an excellent education centre, where refugees learn the language of their choice, selected from English, French, German and Greek in addition to tending the vegetable garden surrounding the Education Centre.
With your help we will continue to support these two wonderful groups.