We will post news on trips and aid delivered.
We will post forthcoming events which we hope you will wish to support us with.
We are pleased to announce that we can once again accept donations.
We are delighted to say that we have recently been given a unit to use in The Arndale Centre in Morecambe. For those of you who know the Arndale Centre, it is directly opposite Home Bargains. We have been busy cleaning it and have started to set it up in preparation for receiving donations and sorting and packing. It is amazing to have this space to work in and we are confident that it will enable us to be more efficient. We are still extremely grateful for the space that Armadillo Storage in Morecambe provide for us which is invaluable to our work.
We are grateful to all of you who have offered help and in due course, we will be glad of your assistance. But at present, due to Covid regulations it requires some careful planning to ensure we adhere to the guidelines; but we will be in touch as soon as we have a plan!
We won't be using this unit as a shop and it will not necessarily be manned every day. However we are now in a position to accept donations again, so please feel free to make contact if you have anything you want to donate.
Thank you all so much for your support.
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.
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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.
My nephew Steve and his wife have just had two beautiful twin girls at Leighton hospital near Crewe. The babies were looked after in the Neo natal clinic there. Steve informed me that they were desperate for tiny baby knitwear for this clinic.
As it happened, the Ripple Effect were given a large amount of hand knitted baby cardigans before the lockdown happened. We sent some over to Greece last winter and we still had some left.
So, we donated a number to the Women’s hospital in Liverpool.
I spoke to Steve who contacted Leighton hospital, to say we would donate what we had left. We washed them all in a 60 degree wash as requested.
The hospital were thrilled. In these unprecedented times it is only right to donate items to whoever needs them.
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
Another 8 pallets of winter aid set off on their journey to Chios, for delivery to CESRT who are working under so much pressure looking after the refugees constantly arriving; fleeing dreadful conditions in their home countries. We are delighted to be teaming up with "Highland Support" to achieve this. A big thank you to S J Bargh Ltd for their help in getting our pallets loaded in good time and as ever, thank you to all our supporters, who have donated items, funds and helped us to sort, box and store the aid.
We are delighted with the great rapport we've forged with Highland Aid, who have clearly worked so hard to make this happen.
Everyone’s actions really do make a difference to others lives
Look at these little beauties. More sewing kits, small enough to keep in a pocket and filled with lots of useful pins, needles etc, they are being distributed within the ladies clothing boxes.
These lovely little sewing kits will soon be on their journey to enable the female refugees on Chios to make those small adjustments to their garments, mend seams etc.
Thanks to Crafty Villagers of Overton for their kindness in creating these.
Sewing Kits made by Crafty Villagers Overton.
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.
Agreeing to drive a 7.5 tonne truck full of aid, in convoy, across Europe wasn’t a decision taken lightly. It was always going to be a challenge, considering that none of us had ever driven anything that size before.
Life on the road isn’t for everyone; I knew sleeping in the back of the truck, amid mountainous piles of banana boxes, night after night, wasn’t going to be easy. If anything was going to test my mettle, this would be it. I needed to be sure I had the heart to follow through when things got tough. And it did get tough.
Driving hours, per day, were extremely long; we would be on the road most days from 7am and not parking up till maybe 9pm or 10pm, sometimes later if we were behind schedule. We passed through nine different countries, had issues at border controls, numerous mechanical problems and adverse weather conditions , but we remained positive; exactly one week after leaving the UK, we finally made it to Athens, where the real work would begin.
Maria driving truck
At the end of April we travelled to the Greek Island of Chios where we had sent vital aid in readiness for our arrival. This was our 12th overseas aid trip, since embarking on this venture in October 2014. We have previously visited mainland Greece, other Greek Islands and Serbia to provide aid to refugees, but as this was our first trip to Chios, our aim was to establish where we might be able to make a difference and forge relationships with people on the ground to enable us to support them in the best way possible in the future. We distributed aid and met with other volunteers and we visited the only official camp on Chios where we found that the aid available to those living there was woefully inadequate. We feel that what we do is never enough but people are so very grateful for what we do and most of all they are so pleased to know that they are not completely forgotten. Even though they have lost everything, they still try to maintain their dignity and hope.
During the trip, we visited The Hope Centre, now renamed The Iris Centre to avoid confusion with another group on Lesvos. This volunteer run space offers refugees some time away from the camp and provides a few hours of tranquillity for refugees, giving them access to showers, toiletries, toothbrushes and toothpaste which is all very precious in these circumstances.
Morning meeting with the 1st Response volunteer team (CESRT) in Chios
They also have an outdoor play area for children and an indoor learning environment offering educational activities where children can feel safe for a few hours, which sadly is a very rare occurrence for these children. The trauma the children have already experienced often makes this an overwhelming experience for them. This is one of the organisations that we plan to supply aid to on an ongoing basis.
Our charity relies on donations from local businesses and the public; clothing, sleeping bags, large supplies of toiletries and women’s hygiene products and we also require cash donations for transporting supplies. We are very grateful for the continued support we receive throughout the year. Donations and any fund raising are vital if we are to continue to make a difference to the lives of those living in appalling conditions.