Updates on Boots Without Borders

Update posted by Richard Smith On Mar 04, 2016

We're looking forward to our first public meeting tomorrow, at Wokingham Methodist Church, RG40 1XS. It will last just over an hour, and starts at 11.00am. We will be joined by the Mayor of Wokingham Borough, Cllr Parry Batth, and the Mayor of Wokingham Town, Cllr Philip Mirfin, along with members and representatives of various churches and community organisations.

We'll be reporting back on our work so far, and it's a good opportunity to come and hear more about how your donations are continuing to help refugees in northern France. You'll also have to chance to help shape the next phase of the project and hear more about wider issues of funding, planning and logistics across Europe.

See you there!

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Update posted by Richard Smith On Feb 20, 2016

Hundreds of people in the Calais camp are now wearing safe, warm, dry, brand new waterproof boots, thanks to your generosity. We distributed the boots on Thursday in sub-zero weather, with snow on the ground and frozen puddles of water everywhere. We have more boots waiting to go out and we need more money to make up a second distribution. Please keep telling people what we're doing, and we've made a terrific little video so you & your friends can see exactly how your money is being spent! Lots of love, Richard & Lizzy

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Update posted by Richard Smith On Feb 14, 2016

Thank you so much to the Wokingham Baptist Church for inviting us to talk, and for producing a magnificent £550 in the collection. We'll be going out to Calais with boots this week, and we look forward to letting you all know how we get on!

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Update posted by Richard Smith On Feb 11, 2016

Just ordered 338 pairs of boots for us to distribute to the refugees in the camp this Thursday. Amazing, thank you so much to everyone who's supported the project so far. I'm extending the deadline, so please keep sharing & contributing.

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Update posted by Richard Smith On Feb 08, 2016

Thanks to a wonderful donation of £1000 from Norreys Church in Wokingham, we're over £5000 - that's more than 250 pairs of boots. We're busy busy busy trying to get the first delivery to the refugees by the end of next week.

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Update posted by Richard Smith On Feb 04, 2016

Wokingham's on board, now Windsor.....£485 raised today when we gave a talk at the URC on William Street. Big thank-yous to everyone who made it happen. It was great to meet you all and thanks so much for your help.

Getting close to £5000 now, and it's only the start of February! We can get 200 pairs of boots. LETS GET 300 MORE!!!!!

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Update posted by Richard Smith On Jan 31, 2016

Wow....thanks to the generosity of the Wokingham Methodist Church, who raised £533 in an impromptu collection after the service, we're over £3000 now.

Please keep spreading the word, sharing and donating!!!!

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Update posted by Richard Smith On Jan 26, 2016

We’re up to 108 pairs of boots - that’s 108 very happy refugees with warm, dry, safe feet! Thanks to BBC Radio Berkshire for the interview yesterday, you can hear it at 37:40 : http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03fg1lx Please keep spreading the word. Visit the website www.bootswithoutborders.org.uk to watch an info video. Thanks!

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Good 7 minutes of interview, Richard! Keep it up. Good luck and success with your speech in Windsor. If anyone wants to go, it is: Thursday, 4th February, at 2.00 p.m. at the United Reform Church in William Street.

Astrid Thompson

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Update posted by Richard Smith On Jan 15, 2016

Massive thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. We're three days into the fundraiser and we've already busted through the £1200 mark. Made the front page of the local paper today, too!

So, we've raised enough money for 60 pairs of boots. That's fantastic. We want 500.

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