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

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 click to donate to CamCRAG 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.

 

Donating goods

Local donation drop-off points

During the covid lockdowns, when we couldn’t organise donation drop off days, some of our volunteers kindly offered to act as local donation drop-off points in Cambridge city and in some of the villages in South Cambridgesire and Suffolk. We are continuing this system as it has proved very effective.

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

What to donate

In addition to the items below, we will usually accept anything on the Choose Love needs list

  • URGENTLY REQUIRED!
    • MEN’S SOCKS – NEW SOCKS ONLY PLEASE
    • MEN’S CLOTHES AND SHOES – SIZES SMALL AND MEDIUM ONLY
    • 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.

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

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

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