Bute Oasis to be refugee appeal collection point

Volunteers at Bute Oasis, the Rothesay second-hand shop acting as a central collection point for local donations to help displaced refugees.
Volunteers at Bute Oasis, the Rothesay second-hand shop acting as a central collection point for local donations to help displaced refugees.

Rothesay second-hand shop Bute Oasis is to provide a central collection point for donations of items to help the mounting refugee crisis in the Middle East.

The shop, in the town’s Argyle Street, is normally used for the sale of second-hand goods to help fund the island’s food bank.

But the team of volunteers who keep the shop busy - and open - seven days a week have agreed to allow the premises to be used as a single donation point for any items people on the island think might be able to help those caught up in the deepening crisis.

Bute Oasis volunteer Nikki Sutherland said: “I asked Angela [Callaghan, the founder of Bute Oasis] if the shop could be used as a collection point and she agreed.

“After I saw some of the pictures in the papers and on TV last week I just sat there crying my eyes out. I just wanted to be able to do something.

* Anyone handing in donations for the local refugee appeal at Bute Oasis is asked to state clearly that their items are for the appeal, and not for sale at the shop.