Volunteers have been brought to tears by the kindness shown in Bo’ness as the community takes action to support refugees.
Collection points have been set up in the town centre for donations which will be sent to CalAid, and contributions are urgently needed for those living in the Calais refugee camps.
One of the volunteers, Gail Nash, said:“Having spent an afternoon accepting donations at one of the collection points in Bo’ness, I have been brought to tears several times as I’m astonished at the level of kindness shown by local people to our call for donations.
“I hope that people across Bo’ness and throughout the world will support those in need in Calais. The level of support we have received already has shown me that people will not simply ignore or forget about the plight of refugees in need, and I have been thoroughly impressed by this response.”
Donations can be dropped off at The Hub, 13 North Street, Bo’ness which will be open as often as possible and at Corvis at 5 Seaview Place which is open 11.30am-6pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays, and 11.30am-7pm on Thursdays and Fridays.
MSP Angus MacDonald said: “This is a matter of supreme urgency. It’s time to bring hope to the distraught refugees in Calais, and in other parts of the world where innocent lives are in peril as a result of people being forced to flee from their homeland.
“I would therefore encourage members of the public to support their local CalAid group wherever they can and in whichever way they can. Every act of compassion counts.”