Bristol ‘Refutrees’ give Christmas aid to refugees

Bristol ‘Refutrees’ give Christmas aid to refugees

A grassroots Bristol charity is selling Christmas trees in order to raise funds for refugees.

Aid Box Community (ABC) will be donating all their profits from sales to help asylum seekers across Bristol and Europe.

They first started the ‘Refutree’ campaign three years ago and proceeds have improved year after year.

Jonathan Genevaux Aid Box Christmas Shop Manager said: “People are really happy with the trees, they are really bushy and lovely and we are going to deliver them with love.”

ABC was set up in 2014 in response to the refugee crisis.

Volunteers visted camps in France delivering boxes full of essential supplies.

For refugees arriving in the UK, it can take up to one year to be granted asylum.

Many people have been given their right to remain in the UK but now find themselves homeless, alone and living in poverty.

ABC opened The Hub in Bristol where people can access free goods such as toiletries, basic household items, clothes and food.

Shoes available from the Hub

They are currently helping 600 refugees across Bristol and the surrounding areas and have 150 volunteers help run the shop and deliveries.

Volunteer Robin Adlem Aid Box Community Operations Manager : “it’s a real grassroots organisation, it comes from the heart.”

Aid Box Community Christmas shop is at The Hub 5-7 Waverley Road, Redland, Bristol, BS66ES everyday 10:30am – 7pm until 22 December.

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