Up until last Wednesday, we'd had a few, very generous donations from our customers and we were delighted that we could help in some way.
Then, following the media reporting of poor Aylan Kurdi, whose image I will never forget, things changed.
I have very mixed feeling about how the media portrayed this, (and i'm not going to argue this point with anyone, so let's not go there OK?), but one thing it did do was change attitudes and more importantly it seems to have led to a change in government policy.
On a very local level, our small appeal for books for the library was suddenly catapulted into the limelight, as The Independent and the Telegraph picked up on the story.
All of a sudden we were inundated with kind offers as thousands (about 26,000 at the last count) read the blogpost.
Here are a few things that have happened so far:
- over £2,500 has been donated towards books and stuff for the Calais refugees (you can add to this too, if you want)