Container to Chios on its way!

By Ruhi, Refugee Biryani and Bananas

**Winter 40 ft container of aid APPEAL**

**REMEMBER when you helped raise funds to send a 40ft container of aid. 
**REMEMBER when you helped raise funds to buy food supplies, shoes, coats, tents and sleeping bags. 
**REMEMBER when you collected winter aid in Newcastle, Northumberland, Middlesborough, Leicester, Loughborough, Derby and London.

It was a mammoth and difficult task but we did it. We managed to load our 40ft container of aid to go to Chios Island, Greece to help those in the refugee camps.

Thank you to:
Emma Horspool and her team from Market Harborough Helping Refugees

Rebecca & Adam Spilane and their entire team of LE Solidarity.

Richard Humphry and everyone at HIS Church


A Special Thanks to Amy Sunshine, Steve Cook and the entire team of Derby Refugee Solidarity. Not only did they provide us with their premises for loading of the container at short notice, helped fill the container with aid until it was completely full, they came together with a big team of friendly people to help us load.

I am so overwhelmed by everyone who helped prepare this container of aid and I am so thankful and grateful to see the immense love and care we have not only for those in camps but each other, volunteers, some of who we have never met before.

Thank you to all the supporters, helpers and donors of Refugee Biriyani & Bananas.

It was long day and some of us spent many many hours driving, transporting and loading.

To be able to send a 40ft container of food and winter aid in collaboration with so many groups and individuals is a miracle in itself just like the beautiful rainbow which was in the sky just as we finished.



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Many hands make light, lovely work

So, the "Packs for Calais" that were bought and started by a fantastic NCS team were finished off yesterday by an equally fantastic DRS team then collected by the fantastic Lesley Browne who took them to Sheffield from where they will set off to Calais on Saturday with lots of other aid. Fantastic people working together for a common goal. Is there any better antidote to all the negativity in the world???


Lorry full of aid arrives in Paris!

Last Friday, DRS volunteers helped to fill a lorry with aid going to Paris. Here is Heather, with Paris Refugee Ground Support on its arrival.

Heather Young· Paris, France

“Last weekend something incredible happened!
Rebecca and Adam Spilane from LE Solidarity brought a humongous lorry all the way from Leicester to Paris. 
In this lorry, provided by the Ace Alltruck2, was the vital aid collected from festival salvages. The wonderful stuff collected by Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity. The wicked amount of sleeping bags collectively bought by Side by Side : Humanitarian Aid to RefugeesHerts For RefugeesPeople in Motion,Hastings Solidarity from the lovely Dean Erdélyi-Betts at Ethical Festival Ltd.

The collecting, sorting, packing, loading, coordination, logistics and love, sweat and tears that went into this fantastic effort is astounding!!!!!!!

These are everyday people pulling off extraordinary things seamlessly.

You are immensely wonderful people!!!!
Thank you to every last one of you that had your helping hand in this wickedass-monumental delivery.

♡♡♡Becky and Adam are splendiverous!!♡”


Bon Voyage

At about 9 a.m this morning a team of DRS volunteers waved goodbye to Rebecca and Adam from Leicester as they set off on their journey to Paris. Tents and sleeping bags salvaged from festivals, clothes and blankets and food thanks to YOUR generosity were loaded into a lorry on a bright and blustery September morning

Massive thanks to

And to our members and supporters thank you soooooooo much!!!


World Kid Lit Challenge Day 17

Wonderful DRS volunteer Claire’s fascinating website includes reviews of children’s books such as “Tomorrow” by Nadeen Kaadan, which deals with many of the issues faced by refugees fleeing their homes..

“This book tells the story of Yazan who can no longer go to the park. He no longer goes to school. He even starts to miss it “which was a surprise”. It’s too dangerous to be outside and Yazan’s mother has become so preoccupied she doesn’t even paint anymore. But Yazan’s concerns aren’t about the news; he wants to go to the park. One day, Yazan decides he’s going to the park, takes his red bike and leaves the house alone. Everything is different to how it used to be. I won’t spoil the ending, but needless to say, he makes it home again safely. “

For more details of this and other books please visit:


A new Cultural Centre of Derby?

Is it just me or do you think we're all getting a bit posher now we have a new home? Here's Ali "call me Mozart", Muyash, "call me Shakespeare" and Amy, "call me errrrrrm, a poser?"

Thanks to everyone who volunteered and/or donated today, especially Sarah Farrell from Woodland Beasties, Di Moor from Wirksworth Women's Union and Amanda from Derby Contact Centre. We are soooo grateful for your kindness!


Welcome to our new home!

Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity, Registered Charity Number 1179384, is delighted to announce that we are now installed in our new premises at St Anne's Church, Whitecross Street, Derby, DE1 3NE. Access to the car park is on Whitecross Street. We will be there for sorting and donations every Thursday morning 9.30 until 12.30 and hopefully some Saturday mornings in the near future. 
Looking forward to seeing you soon!


"Neighbours...everybody needs good neighbours...."

Today, DRS finally moved into our new home, the first one that feels like a home. We knew we were home because we met the loveliest neighbours ever...Audrey and Peter.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped today, especially Keith McCartney for being so generous with his van and his time, to Jabina for the car load of donations and to Edward and Alison from Mothers' Union, Derbyshire for their continued support with the Moses Basket project.


The Big Move: Part 1

Guess how many people turned up to help DRS move on 30th August?? Go on, guess!! 
THIRTY FOUR LOVELY LOVELY PEOPLE came to help with the move from the portacabins to our amazing new home. Thank you so much to everyone who came, especially the teams from the YMCA and from NCS Nottingham. And thanks to Chrissy Bullock for a car load of exciting donations and Alysonand Tony Bates for some very special collectors' items soon to appear on ebay.....
And finally thanks to everyone at St Anne's Church for letting us share this beautiful building. We promise to take very good care of it!