Centre overwhelmed by donations to help asylum seekers

The Unity Centre is taking donations to support asylum seekers affected by Friday's stabbings.

Some of the donations left outside the centre. STV
Some of the donations left outside the centre.

An organisation providing support to asylum seekers affected by the stabbings in Glasgow has been overwhelmed by donations.

On Friday, residents at the Park Inn hotel in the city centre were evacuated after Badreddin Abedlla Adam stabbed six people including a police officer.

The 28-year-old from Sudan was then shot dead by armed police responding to the incident.

Asylum seekers staying at the hotel have been unable to access their possessions as the West George Street location remains a crime scene.

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Following the incident, the No Evictions campaign appealed for the public to donate clothes, underwear, jackets, hand sanitiser, phones and phone chargers to help.

It called for donations to be taken to the Unity Centre, which helps asylum seekers in Scotland, on Monday between 10am-4pm.

Within two hours, the centre on Ibrox Street in the southside had received a huge number of donations, with the pavement being used to house spillover that couldn’t fit inside.

The Unity Centre has received a host of donations from the public. STV

As part of the appeal for help, a social media post from the No Evictions Network Glasgow said: “Residents of the Park Inn were left distressed on the streets for hours following Friday’s incident.

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“The Home Office has removed any financial support which meant they were unable to purchase even a bottle of water and are completely reliant on receiving support from others.

“This meant in the hours following the incident, people who were shocked and traumatised by the events were left without basic needs such as shoes, adequate food or medicine.

“Over and above practical needs, many of those being accommodated in these hotels have experienced past trauma, so it is absolutely imperative that they are given proper treatment and support for their wellbeing.”


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