Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for Clydesdale, has today welcomed the action of local groups and volunteers looking to help with the refugee crisis. Following on from the largest movement of refugees in Europe since the Second World War, local groups have been working to provide support by donating clothes and essential supplies. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made it clear that Scotland stands ready to do its part, hosting a humanitarian summit last week to bring together the charities, councils and faith groups who are wanting to contribute to the relief effort.

Aileen has also offered for people in Carluke to drop off donations at her office at 12 Kirkton Street, from where they will be taken up to Greyfriars Parish Church, in Lanark, where donations are being gathered.

Ms Campbell said:

"No one could fail to have been moved by the scenes of suffering and the heart-breaking tragedy of the deaths in the Mediterranean. It is inspiring to see our local churches and community groups looking to work together to provide support to those arriving in Europe. Given the enormity of the terror facing those fleeing the Middle East, the refugees are arriving in Europe and refugee camps in the Middle East with very little, if anything at all more than the clothes on their backs.

"From mums in Blackwood coming together to raise money by holding a quiz, the Kirk in Biggar mobilising its congregation to offer help or Greyfriars being used as a drop-off point for donations in Lanark it is clear that the plight of the refugees has led to people across Clydesdale wanting to do their bit. I know from my mail bag that there are many more people looking to volunteer and do whatever they can to provide assistance and relief to the new arrivals.

"As I have to travel across the constituency every day, I've offered those who can't get to a donation point but can get to my office in Carluke to drop supplies off there and I'll take them up to Lanark."

Commenting last week Nicola Sturgeon said:

"There are not any easy solutions to this, but all of us have a responsibility as human beings to recognise the extent of this humanitarian crisis and resolve together to do something about it. If we all play our part then the totality of that response might just have a chance of dealing effectively with the problem."



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