CamCRAG is a registered charity who organise regular weekend volunteer convoys from Cambridge to Calais. We also collect donations and funds to help refugees in Europe and beyond.
CamCRAG is a registered charity who organise regular weekend volunteer convoys from Cambridge to Calais. We also collect donations and funds to help refugees in Europe and beyond.

Donating

> Donating physical aid
    – What to donate: Current needs list
> Donating money
> Workplace giving schemes
> Gift tokens
> Can you help sort donations or provide a venue?
> What do we do with unsuitable donations?

Donating physical aid

Physical donations can be taken BY ARRANGEMENT to the Argyle Street Cooperative on Mill Road in Cambridge: Please contact them to arrange a suitable time see ash.coop/contact.html

Alternatively email donations@camcrag.org.uk and we may be able to arrange a pick up or for you to drop them at our sorting hub in Cambridge.

Please DO NOT take donations to the regional and local hubs we used during the pandemic, as these are now closed.

PLEASE ENSURE ANYTHING YOU BRING IS ON THE NEEDS LIST BELOW. Items not on the needs list will be rejected.
Items must be clean and packed in strong bags or boxes.

What to donate: Current needs list (Updated April 2024)

BEDDING, CAMPING & COOKING
Tents
Sleeping bags
Blankets
Roll/sleeping mats
Tarpaulins
Backpacks
Camping stoves
Saucepans
Kitchen utensils
Flasks
Hot drinks cups
Bin bags
NO DUVETS, SHEETS OR PILLOWS

CLOTHING – MENS/BOYS ONLY
Socks
Underpants and boxer shorts (new only)
T-shirts
Jeans and jogging bottoms (MAX 34″ waist)
Hoodies and jumpers
Coats
Rain ponchos
Hats
Gloves
Trainers
NO WOMENS CLOTHING

HYGIENE AND TOILETRIES
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Soap
Shampoo and conditioner
Hair products (especially for black hair)
Anti-bacterial handwash
Nail varnish and makeup (new only)
NO TOWELS

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT
Sewing machines
Game consoles
Tablets, phones and laptops (with chargers)
Cameras
Battery powered lights
Microphones and recording equipment
Bluetooth speakers
Powerbanks

SPORT AND LEISURE
Musical instruments
Art and craft equipment & materials
Graffiti paint and equipment
Fabric, thread and needles
Books and graphic novels in simple English or multilingual
Footballs
Tennis balls and rackets
Frisbee
Cricket/rounders sets
Swingball
Circus equipment
Playing cards and good-quality, language-free card games
Beads, thread and jewellery-making supplies
Foldable football table
Table tennis top and set
NO CHILDREN’S TOYS


Donating money

You can donate to CamCRAG’s general funds by text message, online via JustGiving, 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 JustGiving
  • 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 2021, we received £25,484 from fundraising and donations, of which only £334 was spent on administration. (See our annual report for more details.)


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. We also accept CAF Charity Vouchers.


Gift tokens

Not sure what to buy someone for a birthday? Fed up with buying something just for the sake of it?

This year, why not give them a CamCRAG gift token? All funds raised will be used to buy much needed aid for refugees across Europe on their behalf.

The CamCRAG gift tokens are available in electronic or paper versions from £5. You can combine this thoughtful gift with one of our lovely greeting cards designed by local artists.

To find out more or to order, please email fundraising@camcrag.org.uk.


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 – or have any other questions, please email donations@camcrag.org.uk

We would also love to hear from you if you can help with storing aid, which now has to be collected in larger amounts to be shipped efficiently.


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.