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.
3 UK Staging Hubs
Dumfries, Leeds, Cambridge
Service to Calais & Dunkirk
Supporting 6 Frontline Groups
Scaled To Demand
Fair Flat-Rate Pricing
1) Submit Your Aid Delivery Request
Download the Aid Delivery Request Form and fill it in.
Email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.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.
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) 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) 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: ---
Mobile Refugee Support
Calais Food Collective
Refugee Community Kitchen
Refugee Women's Center
L'Auberge des Migrants
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.
Dumfries - Scotland
Community Collected Aid
loose boxes, bulk bags of tents & sleeping bags, etc
Leeds - North England
Purchased Aid & In-Kind Donations
Cambridge - South England
Both Community & Commercial Aid
pallets, loose boxes, bulk bags of tents & sleeping bags, etc
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.
Standard Pallet - ££
1.2m x 1.0m x 1.70m high
Half Pallet - £
1.2m x 1.0m x 0.85m high
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?
The Calais classic. Most Vans fit about 3 Standard Pallets worth of aid in the back.
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.
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