Published: 28/07/2017 09:00 - Updated: 27/07/2017 14:47

Evanton charity's urgent refugee appeal


Refugee child Abdul with a banana, which is a high-energy food.
Refugee child Abdul with a banana, which is a high-energy food.
AN urgent plea has been made by a Ross-shire international aid charity to help provide food for starving refugee children stranded in Serbia after fleeing conflicts in the Middle East.


Evanton-based Blythswood Care donates vegetable soup, bread and bananas as aid to the migrants.

And now it has renewed its appeal for assistance, saying that bananas especially are a high-energy food, culturally acceptable to people from every religious tradition.

Head of projects Finlay Mackenzie says the situation is not new, but that the need for support remains urgent.

“Blythswood has been helping to feed people escaping from Syria and other conflict zones for nearly two years,” he said.

“For the first year the situation was fluid, with people pouring over the border from Macedonia and heading for northern Europe.

“But with more restrictions at borders within Europe in 2016, several thousand migrants are effectively stranded in Serbia.

“Our Serbia co-workers have shown great compassion towards these strangers in their midst.

“While providing them with appropriate food, they have recognised the social needs of people uprooted from their own homes and culture.

“They have extended a hand of friendship, listening to people’s stories and even organising a concert at the migrant reception centre in Presevo.”

The Blythswood’s Gone Bananas appeal will also be promoted at the Highland Field Sports Fair in Moy next Friday and Saturday.

• You can donate to the appeal at or by texting SYRI17 £5 to 70070. A gift of £5 will provide over five kilos – more than 40 bananas – for people in the migrant centre.  

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