updated 23 January 2021
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
- Bank transfer. To arrange a bank transfer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2019, we received £27,166 from fundraising and donations, of which only £957 was spent on administration.
Donating goods during the Covid lockdown
HERE ARE THE CURRENT ARRANGEMENTS FOR DELIVERING DONATIONS, VALID AT THE TIME OF WRITING (23 JANUARY 2021)
- 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.
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 email@example.com to get the address of your nearest donation point.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Monday 9am to 4pm
Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 4.30pm
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
> dried or tinned food on Refugee Community Kitchen’s needs list
> items for Greece on the Attika warehouse needs list
- WE CANNOT ACCEPT VEGETABLES OR ANY OTHER FRESH FOOD, DUVETS, PILLOWS, SHEETS OR LARGE MEN’S CLOTHING
- PLEASE MAKE SURE DONATIONS ARE IN GOOD CONDITION AND CLEAN
Current needs list (updated 23 September 2020):
CAMPING AND BEDDING
- 2 to 3 person tents
- sleeping bags
- camping mats (NO inflatable mattresses)
CLOTHING – MENS – SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZES ONLY
- NEW boxers and socks
- joggers and skinny jeans (waist 28″ to 38″)
- hoodies, fleeces, jumpers, gilets and coats
- thermal tops and bottoms
- winter hats, scarves and gloves
- trainers, winter shoes, walking boots, sandals, flip flops and crocs UK sizes 5 to 9 (NO wellington boots)
CLOTHING – WOMENS
- NEW underwear and socks
- leggings, jeans, dresses and skirts
- trainers, winter shoes, sandals, flip flops and crocs UK sizes 5 to 8 (NO wellington boots)
CLOTHING – CHILDREN (AGES 2 to 12)
- NEW underwear and socks
- jeans, t-shirts, hoodies, jumpers, jackets, dresses, leggings
- trainers, shoes, sandals, flip flops and crocs UK child sizes 5 to 13 and adult sizes 1 to 5) (NO wellington boots)
- toothbrushes and toothpaste
- travel size shower gels and moisturiser
- shampoo and conditioner
- lip balm
- disposable razors
- packets of tissues
- rice, lentils, chickpeas, pasta, couscous, kidney beans
- canned tomatoes, fruit, vegetables, fish, coconut milk, tomato puree
- dried fruit and nuts
- biscuits and flapjacks
- sunflower or olive oil (NO POMACE OIL)
- sugar, tea, coffee
- Small rucksacks and backpacks
- large rubbish sacks and bin bags
- laundry detergent and washing up liquid
- cleaning supplies
- sanitiser (at least 60% alcohol)
- masks (disposable or washable)
- latex gloves (medium and large)
- sun block
- paper cups
- sponges and washing up cloths
Any food donations we receive that cannot be used by refugee organisations will be donated to their volunteers or local Cambridge food banks.
Any other donations we receive that cannot be distributed to refugees will be donated to local charities or, in the case of high value items, CamCRAG may sell the items to raise funds for the charity.
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 email@example.com
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.