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Provost Una Walker paid a visit to Colbeg Farm on Balmore Road to personally congratulate local volunteers behind a remarkable relief effort.

The farm has been the collection point for donations from all over the area, and at the weekend a second “convoy” – a fully loaded horse trailer and transit van – was set for London.

Key organiser Kelly Colqhoun of Colbeg Farm said: “We have now done two hugely successful collection days at the bike shop on our farm, where people have donated everything from toothpaste to eight man tents.

Kelly and husband Mark own Solid Rock Cycles in Balmore, and gained much of their support using the shop’s Facebook Page – gaining 23,000 hits within 24 hours of posting their relief appeal.

Donations have included 50 brand new sleeping bags and many boxes of toiletries and nappies from a kick boxing club, and altogether the shop has more than 100 large boxes of quality donations ready to go.

Kelly, who says “we could not be more humbled by the response,” has coordinated the collection with another local woman, Antoinette Imrie, who like her has young children.

Kelly added “We could never imagine being put in the position of making the decision to flee war on a rubber dinghy that may not make its destination.

We decided that we couldn’t stand by and do nothing, and set up a group called the Glasgow Cares Project, and we hope it will be able to go on helping those that are so in need both at home and abroad.”

Other local firms that have helped include MacFarlane Packaging Ltds, McNairs, ODC Ltd (donated the use of their van and all the fuel to and from London), and Colbeg Kennels and Cattery, which is paying for accommodation en-route.