Distribute Aid Logo: A flock of doves stylized by stacking wings behind the main outline of a dove. Delivery

Regular Route: UK→France

Distribute Aid is organising a regular route for humanitarian aid shipments between the UK and Northern France. We won't let pandemics, Brexit, or global supply chain disruptions stop the flow of aid to those who need it most! ♥

If you're here because you want to donate goods for people on the move in North France- thank you! Groups on the ground would not be able to provide the services they do without support from donations like yours.

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3 UK Staging Hubs

Dumfries, Leeds, Cambridge

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Service to Calais & Dunkirk

Supporting 6 Frontline Groups

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Regular Shipments

Scaled To Demand

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Fair Flat-Rate Pricing

All-Inclusive, At-Cost

Reserve Your Spot!

  1. 1) Submit Your Aid Delivery Request

    Download the Aid Delivery Request Form and fill it in.

    Email the completed form to hubs@distributeaid.org. Your local Staging Hub will receive it and follow up if there are any questions.

    Note: This route is temporarily paused while the Distribute Aid team continues to navigate the impacts of Brexit.

    Submissions Closed

  2. 2) Consult Frontline Groups

    We'll check in with the frontline groups after the form submission deadline, to prioritise deliveries that meet their biggest needs and build a manifest for the upcoming shipment with their input. Then we can confirm if you have a place reserved on the next truck.

    Confirmation Date: ---

  3. 3) Drop Off @ Staging Hubs

    Schedule a drop-off appointment with your local Staging Hub, pay them the flat-rate Storage & Shipping charge, and deliver the boxes of aid at the agreed time.

    Staging Period: ---

  4. 4) Deliver The Aid

    And that's it! Take an evening off to celebrate a job well done, we got it from here. Once your aid is delivered we'll follow up with an after-shipment report, including photos and acknowledgments from the frontline groups.

    Truck Departs: ---

Frontline Groups

Frontline Group Logo: Mobile Refugee Support (MRS)

Mobile Refugee Support

Frontline Group Logo: Collective Aid (CA)

Collective Aid

Frontline Group Logo: Calais Food Collective (CFC)

Calais Food Collective

Frontline Group Logo: Refugee Community Kitchen (RCK)

Refugee Community Kitchen

Frontline Group Logo: Refugee Women's Center (RWC)

Refugee Women's Center

Frontline Group Logo: L'Auberge des Migrants (Auberge)

L'Auberge des Migrants

UK Staging Hubs

The most cost efficient and Brexit / pandemic-proof way to send aid from the UK to Northern France is by shipping palletised aid on articulated lorries that are loaded by a forklift. That's where our 3 UK Staging Hubs come in! They have the necessary infrastructure and experience working with us to ensure each shipment is fully optimized, which everybody benefits from. Once it's in a Staging Hub, your aid will be palletised, stored, and loaded by a forklift onto the next truck.

Hub Logo: Massive Outpouring of Love (MOOL)

Dumfries - Scotland

Community Collected Aid

loose boxes, bulk bags of tents & sleeping bags, etc

Hub Logo: Distribute Aid (DA)

Leeds - North England

Purchased Aid & In-Kind Donations

pallets only

Hub Logo: Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group (CamCRAG)

Cambridge - South England

Both Community & Commercial Aid

pallets, loose boxes, bulk bags of tents & sleeping bags, etc

Storage & Shipping (£)

We offer a flat, per-pallet and per-box storage and shipment charge (S&S) to take the stress out of budgeting to move your aid. By using the Staging Hubs we can keep shipping costs low and consistent, and spread the cost evenly for all groups sending aid.

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Standard Pallet - ££

1.2m x 1.0m x 1.70m high

700kg

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Half Pallet - £

1.2m x 1.0m x 0.85m high

350kg

When will prices be set?

Prices for Standard and Half pallets will be available by the Confirmation Date (February 19th), so that you have all of the information you need to confidently accept your spot on the truck.

We are currently comparing quotes from our commercial partners and evaluating how post-Brexit price increases will affect this route. Our goal is to provide the best possible flat rate for sending groups!

How many Standard Pallet spaces do I need?

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Van Loads

The Calais classic. Most Vans fit about 3 Standard Pallets worth of aid in the back.

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Bulk Bags

Perfect for those larger, clumsier items like tents or sleeping bags that are too awkward to box up.

  • Each Bulk Bag takes up one Half Pallet space.
  • 2 Bulk Bags count as a Standard Pallet if they can be stacked.
  • A Standard Pallet can also be made by stacking a Bulk Bag on top of 18 Banana Boxes.
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Banana Boxes

Easy to acquire, small, and sturdy boxes. Each Banana Box should hold a specific item, such as mens small pants or women's medium winter sweaters. Any consistently sized box could be used to fill a Standard or Half pallet. Banana Box sizes can vary a bit, but a good rule of thumb is:

  • 18 Banana Boxes make up a Half Pallet
  • 42 Banana Boxes can fit on a Standard Pallet