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Penzance art auction for Refugee Aid will prove that Cornwall cares for those caught up in conflict

December 20, 2016

Article from cornwalllive.com, written by Tom Gainey. Original Article Here A Penzance art collective is fighting to prove that Cornwall cares about those caught up in the European refugee crisis. Refugee Aid volunteers hope that an auction will raise “vital” funds and believe that now, more than ever, compassion is needed. “We really want to […]


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Our Girl In Greece, Part Two

December 10, 2016

I arrive at the Eleonus camp, which has some 3,500 refugees from many nations living on an old industrial estate site on the outskirts of Athens. The camp is surrounded by mechanical noises, bangs and shouting Greek workers. People here are accommodated in small static containers, each has bunk beds and a kitchen, normally with […]


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Introducing Jodie – Our Girl In Greece

December 1, 2016

I am sitting in the peace of my cosy home in Bristol appreciating the the feelings of warmth and safety, thinking how precious feeling safe is and contemplating my forthcoming mission. I am a 38 year old Cornish woman with 15 years experience of working in international youth work and community permaculture and am committed […]


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Our Girl In Greece


Article by Jodie Arriving in Athens I was welcomed to the house of Greek and International volunteers, where they shared their experiences and the strategies which are working late into the night. Some of them kindly arranged for me to visit places where refugees are being cared for, so that I could discuss if they […]


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2016 Charity Art Auction at The Queens Hotel, Penzance

November 25, 2016

After last years success raising over £13,400 for the Refugee Crisis and a wonderful evening to boot, we are repeating the Art Auction at the Queens Hotel. Saturday 10th December 2016, 7pm. Free entry. We have original cartoons from Jeremy ‘Banx’ Banks of Financial Times and Punch fame. Works by Jonty Henshall, Julia Kerrison Fine […]


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Press Coverage & Upcoming Events



Penzance art auction for Refugee Aid will prove that Cornwall cares for those caught up in conflict

December 20, 2016

Article from cornwalllive.com, written by Tom Gainey. Original Article Here A Penzance art collective is fighting to prove that Cornwall cares about those caught up in the European refugee crisis. Refugee Aid volunteers hope that an auction will raise “vital” funds and believe that now, more than ever, compassion is needed. “We really want to […]


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Cornwall volunteers to unite to discuss refugee crisis

March 9, 2016

The Cornishman, March 1st A collaborative event that will celebrate Cornwall’s efforts to provide sanctuary to those affected by the refugee crisis will take place this week. Parents, students, council officers and community groups will meet at the All Saints Church in Truro on Friday March 11 to draw a map of the work being […]


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Penzance refugee charities given more time at Pop Up shop


The Cornishman 1st March The latest pop up shop occupants in Penzance have performed so well they have been given added time to raise funds for refugee charities. The shop on Market Jew Street has been managed by as many as 40 West Cornwall volunteers from Refugee Aid and UK Action for Refugees, who have […]


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Volunteers raise more than £2,400 for refugees with Penzance folk night


The Cornishman, March 1st Volunteers raised nearly £2,500 for refugees in Calais this weekend with a Penzance folk night in an unusual venue. The event, held on Saturday evening, saw several folk acts, including the Golowan Band, play in St Mary’s Church on Chapel Street. Alongside the Golowan Band, the evening featured some of the […]


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Refugee charities appeal for donations ahead of Penzance shop opening.

February 12, 2016

The Cornishman, February 10, 2016 WEST CORNWALL volunteers who want to do their bit for the refugees caught up in the current troubles are taking over a Pop Up Shop for two weeks on Saturday February 13 and are looking for donations. The shop will be managed by members of Refugee Aid and UK Action […]


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Upcoming Events


2016 Charity Art Auction at The Queens Hotel, Penzance

After last years success raising over £13,400 for the Refugee Crisis and a wonderful evening to boot, we are repeating the Art Auction at the Queens Hotel. Saturday 10th December 2016, 7pm. Free entry. We have original cartoons from Jeremy ‘Banx’ Banks of Financial Times and Punch fame. Works by Jonty Henshall, Julia Kerrison Fine […]


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Benefit Gig St Just, 22nd April

Boundless Brothers headline at St Just Town Hall, 7.30pm, Friday 22nd April Formerly known as Blue Horizon, the bluegrass trio Boundless Brothers are one of the best known acts in the county. Death By Skiffle, another class act of much experience will also be performing. Support from Barbed Choir, Back In The Day and Abbey […]


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Freerange DJ’s vs Hong Kong Ping Pong at the Ritz PZ

Saturday 30th April, 11pm – 4am, the Ritz Penzance Wow how lucky are we? Half an all nighter this next May Bank Holiday on Saturday night 11 to 4am. The Free Range DJ’s, Hong Kong Ping Pong, Beatzbreakers & Light Layers are all coming down to play for a fundraiser for RefugeeAid.org at the Ritz […]


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Die Spangle & Tycklemore Goats at Studiobar, PZ

Saturday 19th March, Studiobar, Penzance Doors open 9.00pm, Free entry.


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Refugee Folk at St Mary’s Church, Penzance

Saturday 27th Feb 2016, 7.30pm Refugee Folk features some of the best known names in Cornwall’s thriving folk scene. Headlining are Tyn Daga, a highly regarded local three-piece who have performed at the Bath Folk Festival, Cornwall Folk Festival and St Ives Festival. Alan Burton, Greg Dyer, Gavin Nicol play Irish pipes, acoustic guitar and […]


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Our Mission and How It All Began...



Refugee Aid was started after the Green Gathering 2015, where the two founders met small groups who were already delivering aid to Calais.

Calais Migrant Camps

Inspired by the direct action, and considering the story was not in the news at this point, we started planning ways to help.

We felt moved by the generosity of spirit and initiative that ordinary citizens had shown, and by the severe plight the refugees were in. We started the Kit-2-Calais campaign to provide direct aid and to help spread the message of the crisis on our doorstep.


Our First Campaign, Kit-2-Calais

Refugees camped in Calais are living in appalling conditions, sleeping rough or in hastily erected structures without basic human needs.

The estimated 3000+ migrants - including women & orphaned children - are facing a harsh winter with only the help of aid agencies and decent ordinary people keeping them from extreme plight. There is an immediate need for vital survival supplies, food, equipment & clothes.

The situation in Calais has developed into a real humanitarian crisis right on our doorstep. Most of the refugees are fleeing war, survivors of perilous journeys with families & children in tow. They have abandoned livelihoods and all they own to reach safety. We can all do something about it, no matter how small our contribution.


What are we going to do?

Refugee Aid will deliver supplies & equipment, food, basic medical supplies, tents and clothing to the camps at Calais.

Calais Migrant Camps

Additionally we will document some of the refugees experiences to raise awareness both at home in the UK and internationally in an ongoing social media campaign.

From September we will be organising a drive from the UK to Calais to get supplies to the camps. Donors will be updated of our progress regularly.

We will continue to organise fundraising events, raise awareness and get whatever is needed to refugees in europe as our long term goal.


How Can You Help?

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