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Bristol-based Phineas Group to the rescue for refugee crisis

  • Local volunteer group, Calais Refugee Solidarity Bristol, are organising donations from the city to be sent across the channel

  • Phineas Group have dedicated space in their warehouse to store the collected donations

  • Volunteers are currently filling up the room with donations from drop-off points across the city

Phineas Group, a specialist in footwear display solutions, have donated warehousing space to Calais Refugee Solidarity Bristol (CRSB), a FaceBook-founded volunteer group who are collecting donations from the local area to take to the refugee camps in Calais.

After being overwhelmed with donations in 24 hours, by Saturday evening, CRSB put out a distress call on social media for help. Phineas employee, Dave Goldie, was browsing FaceBook on Sunday and saw that the group were looking for a large, fit-for-purpose warehouse space. His quick thinking meant that by first thing Monday, Dan Wright, Managing Director at Phineas Group, had welcomed the idea and offered the space to the volunteers free of charge. After talks with Calais Refugee Solidarity Bristol member, Felicity Inkpen, it was decided that one of Phineas’ rooms at their Hengrove Headquarters would be designated for all donations to be placed together.

CRSB formed over social media to support refugees who have travelled to Europe. The increasing awareness of the millions of people displaced from their homes in the Middle East, has led to a hugely positive response from the people of Bristol and large numbers of donations at designated collection points across the city. The donations will begin leaving for Calais to give to refugees living in makeshift homes there, with volunteer drivers from around Bristol making the journey.
Dan Wright commented: “We’re really pleased to be able to be a part of this incredible effort to help refugees and offer them the support they need at a difficult time. The Calais Refugee Solidarity Group are doing fantastic work and the generosity of the people of Bristol is apparent from the sheer volume of donations we’ve seen arriving at our warehouse”.

“Phineas Group have saved the day,” commented CRBS co-founder, Felicity Inkpen, “We really had nowhere else to turn to so we are very grateful to Dave and Dan for their actions. We will be working hard to ensure that the donations are moved on as quickly as they can to the people who need them the most. A big thanks to the city of Bristol and Phineas Group for making this happen.”

Find out how to get involved with Calais Refugee Solidarity Bristol over on Twitter - @CalaisBristol.

“Phineas Group have saved the day,” commented CRBS co-founder, Felicity Inkpen
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