TWO PALLETS full of knitted goods were shipped away from Shetland to Inverness – bound for a refugee camp on the Greek-Macedonian border – earlier this month.
The Shetland Solidarity With Refugees group organised a collection in November, following on from a more general shipment of aid in the autumn.
After the knitted goods were shipped away free of charge by Northwards on 5 December, they arrived in Dingwall on 8 December – from where the Highlands Support Refugees group was to arrange transport to southern Europe.
The Highlands group was due to dispatch two 40-foot containers of aid to the Idomeni transit camp on the Greek-Macedonian border before Christmas. In total it was hoped that 1,600 boxes would be sent in two shipments to help refugees living in freezing winter conditions.
Shetland Solidarity With Refugees member Inger Louise Kristiansen-Bragg said the group was thankful to those who had got their knitting needles out in recent weeks.
“We’re so grateful to all the kind folk who donated and knitted cosy hats, gloves and jumpers for our latest appeal,” she said. “We were delighted to see a huge amount of generosity from Shetlanders and it’s wonderful to know that the little ones in the Greek refugee camps will be just a little bit more comfortable.”
Roughly 800,000 people have arrived in Europe by sea this year, many of whom were fleeing war-torn Syria and other troublespots in the Middle East.
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