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Moray residents help Calais migrants

Britons are delivering supplies to migrants living in a Calais camp
Britons are delivering supplies to migrants living in a Calais camp

Efforts to help provide Middle Eastern refugees with vital day-to-day essentials have spread across Moray since the launch of a campaign last week.

The Moray CalAid group was established last Thursday and has attracted the support of communities across the region.

Yesterday, the group announced an increased number of regional drop off points as locals strive to do their bit for those in need of help.

Fochabers and Lhanbryde councillor Sean Morton created the campaign with the assistance of Elgin City North member Kirsty Reid.

Mr Morton said: “The image of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on the beach was a tipping point with the public, and over the weekend this campaign really grew.

“Everybody wants to help, and the people of Moray have shown how generous they are.”

Reverend Shuna Dicks, who has established a collection point at Aberlour Church, added: “The refugee situation is always something that’s been at the forefront of my mind, and this is a very tangible way to help those in need.

“It’s really taken off, people have been dropping off tents and sleeping bags.”

Alves mum Lyn Bremner, who works as a gardener, has established a drop off point in Forres.

She said: “I think collectively people have just woken up a bit to what’s going on at Calais.”

Items the group is especially in need of include clothes, footwear, toiletries and smartphones.

Moray CalAid is specifically asking for hiking boots, wellies and trainers in sizes UK seven to nine.

Jackets are required only in small and medium sizes.

There are now drop off points in Elgin, Forres, Buckie, Aberlour, Keith and Lossiemouth.

Last week Moray Council pledged to assist the Scottish Government in handling the ongoing crisis.

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