Published: Friday, 27th August 2021

Cllr Danny Thorpe, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich​, said:  

“We’ve been absolutely blown away by the generosity of local people trying to help refugees from Afghanistan in our borough, whether that’s in the form of donating money, clothing, prayer mats and other useful items, or even hosting refugees in their own homes.  

We are currently sorting through donations from the public and we now have everything we need.  We are asking those who want to help to support charities and organisations responding to the crisis in Afghanistan. The organistaion Care4Calais has drop off locations for donations of essential items, but bear in mind that people staying in quarantine hotels do not have regular access to washing machines, so please make sure donations are clean and in a good state. 

Earlier this week I said that Royal Greenwich had a proud history of welcoming refugees into our borough. From the overwhelming support we’ve seen over the past few days, I’m delighted to see the tradition continue.” 

There are many charities working to help the thousands of people displaced from Afghanistan, that you can support including:  

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is currently hosting nearly 700 people in a quarantine hotel, who have been arriving from Afghanistan since Monday 23 August.