Deliveries & Collections

This page is for the attention of anyone who has shoe boxes to be delivered or collected in 2017.

van cartonsDeliveries and collections are a vital part of the sorting work: after shoe boxes have been filled, in all parts of the country, they have to be transported to a sorting centre from which they are packed in large cartons and sent to be loaded into a container for final transport overseas.  At the Edinburgh shoebox-hall-colsorting centre we can do nothing until we receive these deliveries of shoe boxes; the sooner they get to us, the sooner we can start work.  In previous years some shoe boxes have arrived too late for inclusion in the Christmas shipments and have had to be left in the warehouse until the following year.

Therefore, please make a special effort to get as many shoe boxes as possible in to us during the week before the sorting centre opens.

Click here for a map to find Craigmillar Park Church – it is in Newington not in Craigmillar!



Delivery dates run from 30th October until 10th November:

Please, if you can, deliver as soon as possible after Monday 30th October.  We will have staff available at Craigmillar Park Church to receive these deliveries.  Think of that week, 30th October until 3rd November, as the main delivery week and plan your shoe boxes accordingly.  bags of boxesYes, we shall also be receiving the following week, 6th to 10th November and, as a final extension, Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th November, but that’s it.  We cannot take in shoe boxes after that date; and we really, really do not want deliveries on these two days.

If possible, please deliver to us, with the shoe boxes gathered in large plastic (black) refuse sacks.  Loose shoe boxes require double the amount of handling by our staff.

Please aim to deliver between 9.30am and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday; outside of these times there are parking and bus-lane restrictions at CPC.   Evening deliveries are possible but must be made by arrangement: send requests by e-mail to, or phone: 07766-888 644

Large quantities can be uplifted by our collection van…


imag0069aThis is what an incoming van-load looks like; and yes, the drivers look tired, bent and worn out because it’s hard work.  Every box has to be handled and for 7,000 shoe boxes that’s around 10 tons inwards and the same  again outwards.

However, we can and will collect upon request but we shall need some choices of collection days and times in order to plan effective use of our staff and vehicles.  As with the deliveries above please try and have your shoe boxes ready for uplift as early as possible, preferably in the week commencing 30th October.
Please contact me by phone, text or e-mail to make arrangements:
t: 07766 888 644; e:

Blythswood Care Own Van

Lastly, Blythswood Care have their own van which makes collections on fixed dates and at fixed locations around Scotland during the period of the whole Blythswood Care Shoe Box Appeal. It is still possible to make of this service if none of the other options are suitable but its dates and places are not a good fit with the Edinburgh sorting centre.  It is collecting in Fife on 21st &  22nd November after the Edinburgh sorting centre has closed.

For Edinburgh the Blythswood van visits the Costco car park at Straiton.  This should not be necessary for anyone in the Edinburgh area because (a) most people driving to Straiton go by Craigmillar Park and (b) shoe boxes handed in at Costco are brought to the CPC sorting centre. Typically, the van is only available for 20-30 minutes on 1 specific day, whereas the CPC sorting centre is open all day for a whole week or more.  So plan on bringing your shoe boxes directly to CPC.

Click on this picture to go directly to the Blythswood Care own web pages f0r 2017.