On 5 March 2019 RRYM celebrated it’s third birthday as a registered charity. Looking back over the past three years it’s safe to say we’ve come a long way and achieved an awful lot in that time. Our ability to offer help to those in need has been a direct result of your willingness to get involved, by following our posts and donating items for us to ship out to where they are most needed, by helping to sort and pack the items into suitable bags or boxes, or by donating financially towards shipping costs. Your interest in our work and continued support have enabled us to expand as a charity, offering more help to more people and organisations as we grow.
We continue to ship 30kg boxes of aid out to Athens, the Greek Islands, Rumania and Bosnia at an average of three boxes a week. Each box costs between £29 and £31 to send. These boxes contain everything from clothes and footwear, nappies and wipes, first aid and medical items to small toys and educational material. We also continue to transport larger items such as buggies, prams, moses baskets, travel cots, suitcases, baby carriers and wheelchairs to link up with the 40ft containers organised by care UK in Cheshire. Each trip to Northwich involves hiring a van and paying for fuel which on average costs £90 each time. During the last financial year we have spent £3,467 on shipping costs, compared to £3,371 over the previous two years. From this you will see that our expenses over the past twelve months have doubled!
Until now we have been able to rely on fundraising events such as supermarket slots or tabletop sales to cover our shipping costs.
Unfortunately the refugee crisis and the untenable situation in which these people find themselves shows no signs of abating. If anything the need for aid is even greater now than ever, with many governments and some larger NGOs having conveniently chosen to wash their hands of the refugee crisis. Expenditure has exceeded income for the past few months which means that we are having to make some very difficult choices with regard to who we can afford to help and how often.
It is for this reason that we would ask you to consider either making a donation to RRYM as a one-off payment, or better still for those of you who feel able to do so to consider setting up a standing order for a fixed amount each month. No amount would be considered too small. For one-off donations via Paypal please click the DONATE button on this page. For anyone wishing to set up a standing order our account number for Refugee Relief Ynys Mon is: 71053743
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Thank you for taking the time to read this post and a very special thanks to anyone who can increase our financial capacity to continue helping those in need.
With much love, Heulwen