Skye and Lochalsh aid for refugees set to leave

Goods donated to the Skye and Lochalsh Collection for Refugees are expected to depart for Europe today (Friday).

The fantastic response to the appeal, started by Lochalsh couple Holly Philp and David Booth, has seen goods and money donated from across the Highlands and Islands. Now two lorry-loads of essential items are set to head across Europe to refugee camps on the Greek island of Lesbos and in Cyprus.

Showing the level of public support for the appeal, goods were sent to Kyle of Lochalsh from afar afield as Ullapool and Barra, while the refugees receiving one of the beautiful woollen hats hand-made by a local woman will find a note attached bearing the message “for a refugee with love and prayer”.

A total of £7,840.60 has also been raised.

Holly and David (left) and volunteers pack some of the goods ready for donation

Holly and David (left) and volunteers pack some of the goods ready for despatch

The Skye and Lochalsh Collection for Refugees are working in conjunction with the Peterhead-based charity, Stella’s Voices, to co-ordinate their efforts and David hopes to set off with the first loads of goods on Friday.

Holly said: “I’m so grateful to everyone who has given their time helping to sort through and package the donations. Because of the quantity of items we’ve received we never would have got through it without the support and hours put in by willing volunteers.”