Church group raise cash for refugees

Gardner Memorial Church
Gardner Memorial Church

Brechin Churches Together has started fundraising through supermarket collections to help provide aid for the refugee crisis.

The group held a collection at the Co-operative Supermarket in Brechin on Firday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12, raising £862 in the process.

A spokesman for Brechin Churches Together said: “Our sincere thanks go to the Co-op for allowing us to collect in the store, and a huge thank you to everyone who gave so generously.

“Further collections will be held on Friday, September 18, and Saturday, September 19 at Lidl. Again we give our sincere thanks to Lidl for allowing us to collect in the store.”

All the money collected will be shared between Médecins Sans Frontières and Edinburgh Direct Aid, both of whom are working in the camps with Syrian refugees.

In addition to the money collected, the Gardner Memorial Church will be acting as a drop off point for the collection of a range of items for ‘Angus Solidarity for Refugees’.

The most pressing need is for blankets, sleeping bags, sleeping mats and rucksacks, new and unopened sanitary products (soap, toothpaste/brushes, deodorants, razors, shaving foam and first aid kits), school supplies (paper, pens and pencils), practical footwear (wellies, boots amd sturdy shoes) and a selection of items such as torches, candles and dried food.

The church will be able to take collections on a Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 12.30pm and also on a Sunday from 10 to 11am.

The Churches Together spokesman added: “The generosity of so many people is amazing, and we are delighted that Brechin can help, in a small way, the many refugees who are affected by this terrible crisis.”