William Purves has launched a “Warm Welcome Appeal”, encouraging locals in Edinburgh and the Lothians to donate warm clothing to Ukrainian refugees arriving in the city this winter.

Since February 2022, Edinburgh has welcomed over 10,000 refugees from Ukraine, assigned to Scotland, to the Welcome Centre at the Royal Bank of Scotland’s headquarters in Gogarburn. Each day, up to 200 Ukrainian refugees arrive at the centre having fled the conflict at home with nothing.

As temperatures now drop below freezing, we are appealing to people in Bruntsfield, Marchmont, Morningside, Chesser, Currie, Penicuik, Goldenacre and Dalkeith to give coats, scarves, hats, and gloves to their local William Purves branch. For each item donated, we promise to ‘match one, with one’, doubling the total dropped off at the Ukrainian Welcome Centre at Gogarburn.

These contributions will form part of the welcome packs given to each arrival at the centre, which rely solely on donated essentials.

Colin Brown, our Company Director has said “We have all felt the recent drop in temperature. But for the Ukrainian refugees arriving in Scotland without the essentials, this cold is unbearable. There is a desperate need for coats, scarves, hats, and gloves for the refugees who had to escape their country”

“All you need to do is drop your donation off to your local William Purves branch, * and we promise to match and transport the donations to the Welcome Centre to ensure that Ukrainians arriving in Edinburgh receive the warm welcome they so deserve.”

The campaign will run until the 31st of March 2023.

*Participating branches include

Haddington – 43 Court Street, Haddington, EH41 3AE

Goldenacre – 318 Ferry Road, Edinburgh, EH5 3NP

Morningside – 6 Braid Road, Edinburgh, EH10 6AD

Currie – 348 Lanark Road West, Edinburgh, EH14 5RR

Chesser – 3 Hutchison Terrace, Edinburgh, EH14 1QB

Penicuik – 42a John Street, Penicuik, EH26 8AB

Head Office – 106 Whitehouse Loan, Edinburgh, EH9 1BD