In August we offered impromptu refreshments and stalls at the Unison building alongside the Collective Youth Festival held in Queens Gardens, and made £220 - with a lot of help from some of our younger volunteers who took boxes of cakes out to sell directly to festival goers. Thanks once again to Unison Hull for letting us use their building.
Later in August volunteers went to Leeds Music Festival to collect discarded sleeping bags and mats, tents, chairs and boots. They returned with several hundred sleeping bags. Most of these have already been washed, returned and sent off with Abid Pervez along with boxes of clothes and other donations, to be distributed in Calais and elsewhere. Items like these are badly needed as the weather is already getting very cold. Reports from Calais are that the police are regularly taking sleeping bags and blankets away from refugees.