UPDATE Friday 29 April 2016
Blythswood Care continues to provide daily sustenance to migrants in Serbia, even as new border restrictions have slowed the flow of people from Greece and Macedonia.
“Our team is feeding between 200 and 300 people a day in Presevo,” said Finlay Mackenzie, Blythswood’s head of projects. “We provide vegetable soup with bread, as well as bananas, oranges and lemons.
“In recent weeks it has not been so easy for migrants to cross borders but there are still some people arriving each day.
“We are very grateful to our supporters whose donations enable us to show kindness to these people.”
For further information contact Finlay Mackenzie on 01349 830777
PRESS RELEASE Friday 4 September 2015
Blythswood Care is appealing for funds to feed Syrian refugees in Serbia.
While the focus of media attention has been on Hungary, the Scottish highland-based charity has been helping refugees through its long-established contacts in the Balkans.
Blythswood’s head of projects Finlay Mackenzie said: “Two weeks ago we gave £1,500 to Blythswood Serbia to buy flour for Syrians who had just arrived in Presevo. But with 2,500 refugees in that one town clearly it’s nowhere near enough.
“Having had bad experiences in Greece and Macedonia, the Syrian refugees feel safe in Serbia and I’m told that they’re hesitating to move on to Hungary because of the difficulties there.
“But the Serbian government is relying on charities like ourselves to provide food because some of the local people are asking why the refugees should eat three times a day when plenty of Serbian citizens struggle to get one meal.
“More refugees are crossing the border from Macedonia every day and it is critical that we provide more food as soon as possible. We’re appealing for cash donations for this purpose today. £5 can buy a 25kg sack of flour that will make enough bread for 50 people for one day.”
Donation can be made by texting SYRI15 £5 to 70070 or online at or by calling 01349 830777 or by sending a cheque to Blythswood Care, Highland Deephaven, Evanton, IV16 9XJ.
Blythswood is working with Pastor Dragisa of Love Your Neighbour, part of Blythswood Serbia.
We have already sent funds that have provided vegetable soup with bread, as well as bananas, oranges and lemons.
Blythswood is not getting involved in the situation in Calais.
Blythswood has provided bread and bottled water for refugees from Syria in Presevo, Serbia
You can donate by clicking the donate button below or by text at 70070 with the message SYRI17 £5.
£5 will buy a 25kg sack of flour which is enough to make bread for 50 people for a day.
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