Falkirk refugee appeal generates van of donations

Ailie Wallace, far right, pictured with S5 and S6 pupils at Denny High during the collection
Ailie Wallace, far right, pictured with S5 and S6 pupils at Denny High during the collection
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Big hearted Bairns donated a van load of items to help 
refugees fleeing their homelands.

The Falkirk collection for aid charity CalAid, organised by Ailie Wallace, saw 80 bin bags of clothing, shoes and toiletries handed in over a four week period.

The much needed items are now on their way to Greece to help refugees leaving war torn countries such as Syria, often with only the clothes on their back.

Ailie, a freelance writer from Falkirk, decided to start a local collection after being shocked at the images of 
refugees shown in the media.

The 30-year-old said: “The images were distressing, particularly of the four-year-old boy whose body washed up on the Turkish beach earlier this year.

“The thought of these people arriving in Europe with nothing was heart breaking so I decided to ask the group who have been collecting in Scotland for Calais refugees if I could help.”

Organiser Peter McDade suggested Ailie start a Falkirk collection and using Facebook, she arranged drop off times for clothes and toiletries.

Pupils from Denny High School and parishioners from Camelon Parish Church backed the campaign and donated bags and at the end of the drive, Ailie had a full van of donations.

Ailie added: “It was a lot of work but I met some really interesting people and to raise a full van of donations is incredible. It’s been a great experience.

“On the whole people were really supportive and happy to help.”