Glenisla Kilts Scot what it takes to help refugee appeal

SUPPORT: John Culbert (centre, right) with appeal organisers, l-r, Pat O'Rourke, Angela Feeney and Alan Clinch.
SUPPORT: John Culbert (centre, right) with appeal organisers, l-r, Pat O'Rourke, Angela Feeney and Alan Clinch.

The generosity of Scots is known the world over, and a charity donation made by a Motherwell-based kilt manufacturer is sure to stir further patriotic pride.

Glenisla Kilts has handed over more than 200 garments to the Wishaw to Calais appeal, set up to distribute aid among refugees stranded at the French port town.

As reported in the Times & Speaker, the campaign quickly evolved from a three-person mission to a country-wide operation with donations of clothing, toiletries and other essential items flooding in from all over Scotland.

And after learning of the project in the Times, Glenisla Kilts - whose extensive client portfolio includes The Royal Regiment of Scotland - donated a range of kilts and skirts in a variety of sizes.

Managing director John Culbert said: “We had the garments left over as samples and over makes for some high-end customers.

“The approximate value is £4,000, but the price doesn’t matter. It’s just great to see them going to good use and we’re only too happy to help.

“Our bit was easy - the volunteers are the ones doing all the hard work.”

The appeal received a further boost after North Lanarkshire Council offered the use of a warehouse in Bellshill for storage, as well as lending volunteers three vans to be used in the convoy which leaves on October 16.

For the full story, see this week’s Times & Speaker.

Information on the appeal and how to help can be found at www.facebook.com/Wishawtocalais.