CamCRAG is a registered charity (1170180) who send regular convoys of volunteers and aid from the Cambridge region to help refugees in Europe. We collect donations, hold fundraising events, fund projects overseas and raise awareness of the refugee crisis.
CamCRAG is a registered charity (1170180) who send regular convoys of volunteers and aid from the Cambridge region to help refugees in Europe. We collect donations, hold fundraising events, fund projects overseas and raise awareness of the refugee crisis.

Donating

> Donating money
> Donating goods during the Covid lockdown
> What to donate
> Donation sorting and drop off days
> Workplace giving schemes
> What do we do with unsuitable donations?

Donating money

You can donate to CamCRAG’s general funds by text message, online via Kindlink, or through Facebook:

  • Donate £5 now by texting CAMCRAG to 70085. You can donate any other amount from £1 to £20 by sending an SMS with the message CAMCRAG followed by the amount. For example, texting CAMCRAG 20 makes a £20 donation.
  • Donate on Facebook
  • Donate on Kindlink Kindlink donate button
  • Bank transfer. To arrange a bank transfer, please email treasurer@camcrag.org.uk.

We rely entirely on the generosity of our supporters to provide the aid we send to Calais, and the funds we use to help refugees. We have no employees, no offices, and thus minimal administrative costs, so you can be sure any money you give goes directly to help those in need. In the financial year ending 30 June 2020, we received £23,909 from fundraising and donations, of which only £1,072 was spent on administration. (See our annual report for more details.)

Donating goods during the Covid lockdown

Local donation drop-off points

Because we cannot hold public donation drop-off days at the moment, some of our volunteers have kindly offered to act as local donation drop-off points in Cambridge city and in some of the villages in South Cambridgesire and Suffolk.

Email donations@camcrag.org.uk to get the address of your nearest donation point.

Important!

  • Please DO NOT bring donations to ANY donation drop-off point if you or anyone in your household has a dry continuous cough, sore throat, fever or other Covid-19 symptoms, is waiting for a Covid-19 test result, or has been asked by the NHS to self-isolate.
  • Please read the ‘What to donate’ list below of what goods we are currently accepting, and what goods we cannot accept.

The Daily Bread

We can accept LIMITED quantities of donations at The Daily Bread co-operative.

  • Please ONLY BRING WHAT ONE PERSON CAN CARRY from any one household in any one week.
  • As the Daily Bread is a food shop please PLACE YOUR DONATIONS INSIDE TWO STRONG BAGS and seal them at least 48 hours before dropping them off.
  • SANITISE YOUR HANDS before bringing the boxes/bags into the shop.
  • IF YOU HAVE MORE DONATIONS THAN ONE PERSON CAN CARRY please do not bring them to the shop. Email donations@camcrag.org.uk and we will arrange a drop-off location or pick up, as and when restrictions allow us to do so.

Daily Bread Co-Operative
Unit 3, Kilmaine Close
King’s Hedges
Cambridge
CB4 2PH
Monday 9am to 4pm
Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 4.30pm
(Closed Sunday)

The Argyle Street Housing Co-op

Currently, we are unable to take donations at the ASH Co-op.

What to donate

In addition to the items below, we accept any goods that are on these NGO needs lists:
> Help Refugees’ needs list
> Items for Greece on the Attika warehouse needs list

  • WE URGENTLY NEED MEN’S CLOTHES AND SHOES – SIZES SMALL AND MEDIUM ONLY.
  • WE CURRENTLY DESPERATELY NEED SLEEPING BAGS.
  • WE CANNOT CURRENTLY ACCEPT ANY FOOD DONATIONS, DUVETS, PILLOWS, SHEETS OR LARGE MEN’S CLOTHING.
  • PLEASE MAKE SURE DONATIONS ARE IN GOOD CONDITION AND CLEAN.

Current needs list:

FOOD

We cannot currently accept ANY DONATIONS OF FOOD, due to the difficulty of shipping, post-Brexit. We hope these difficulties will be resolved soon.

SHOES

Trainers, boots, sturdy outdoor shoes:

  • Men & teenage boys: sizes 39 – 43
  • Women & teenage girls: sizes 38 – 41
  • Children: sizes 22 – 39

We don’t need: shoes with high heels, any stained shoes or shoes inappropriate to living in a camp.

NEW UNDERWEAR & SOCKS

  • Children & teens: ALL SIZES
  • Women: SMALL, MEDIUM & LARGE
  • Men: SMALL & MEDIUM ONLY

We don’t need: used underwear or socks.

CLOTHES

  • URGENTMen: SMALL & MEDIUM SIZES ONLY. Jeans, trousers, shorts, long & short sleeve t-shirts, sweaters, jumpers, shirts, jackets, coats.
  • Women: SMALL, MEDIUM & LARGE. Jeans, trousers, leggings, long sleeve & short sleeve t-shirts, blouses, jumpers, sweaters, dresses, skirts, jackets, coats.
  • Teenage: SMALL & MEDIUM SIZES ONLY. Jeans, trousers, long & short sleeve t-shirts, hoodies, shirts, sweaters, jackets, coats.
  • Children age 2 -12: jeans, trousers, long & short sleeve t-shirts, hoodies, shirts, sweaters, jackets, dresses, leggings, coats.

We don’t need: Ski suits, sleep wear, dressing gowns, men’s large clothes, used underwear, stained clothes, clothes inappropriate to living in a camp, anything broken or undignified.

ACCESSORIES

Hats, scarves, gloves.

We don’t need: Belts

HYGIENE

  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Shower gel
  • Toothbrushes & toothpaste
  • Hairbrushes and combs NEW ONLY

We don’t need: Hotel or sample sizes of anything, pre-used bottles, tampons.

WARMTH & SHELTER

  • Sleeping bags
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping mats
  • Hot water bottles
  • Tents

We don’t need: duvets, duvet covers, sheets.

All items should be CLEAN and FRESH SMELLING and devoid of dog hair!

MEDICAL

  • All medical supplies
  • Covid disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Face masks
  • Lice treatment

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Small rucksacks and backpacks

Donation sorting and drop-off days

If you have a potential venue we could use for future donation sorting and/or drop-off days – e.g. a church or village hall, sports club or community centre – please email donations@camcrag.org.uk

We would also love to hear from you if you could act as a general drop-off point or can help with storing aid, which now has to be collected in larger amounts to be shipped efficiently.

Workplace Giving Schemes

We can also accept donations through workplace giving schemes.

We are set up with both the Charities Trust and the Charities Aid Foundation so if your company allows payroll giving through these organisations you can direct it to us.

What do we do with unsuitable donations?

Any donations we receive that cannot be distributed to refugees are either sold to raise funds or donated to local charities.

Items are sold at various fund-raising events and also on our new eBay page.