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How you've helped stock Oxfam's emergency warehouse

Posted by Jessica Marsh Digital Campaigns Officer

18th Dec 2014

The Bicester warehouse

It has been cold, wet and wintery, so what better pick-me-up than a team outing? This week the Oxfam campaigns team took a trip to Bicester, shunning the outlet village in favour of Oxfam's emergency warehouse.

This is where the initial work of disaster response happens. As we approached the warehouse we were struck by the fact that it was a much smaller building, and home to a much smaller team, than we initially imagined would be needed to deal with the large-scale disasters that Oxfam responds to. But the space was positively brimming with all the kit you could imagine might be needed for both long-term aid and emergency relief - from stickers to a £100,000 drilling rig.

Our tour guide and warehouse pro, Bob, led us through the stacks of emergency equipment while charming us with anecdotes and stories, and explaining just how much thought and passion goes into each product. For example, he showed us how something as simple as a bucket has been painstakingly designed and redesigned - from the lid to the ridges on the base - to ensure that it will last for years and be as efficient as possible no matter where in the world it is shipped to. (Seriously, we really love these buckets).

Whether you campaignfundraise or donate, we can't thank you enough for helping to fill the Oxfam warehouse and turn it into lifesaving aid on the ground. Remember the drilling rig I mentioned earlier? It's now in Liberia and bringing clean water to thousands of people to help stop the spread of Ebola. We couldn't have done this without your help, and you should be proud that the work we accomplish is as much yours as it is ours.


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Blog post written by Jessica Marsh

Digital Campaigns Officer

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