Helping homeless migrants at Calais

I am collecting a load of gloves, socks, shoes and anything else which will help people sleeping rough in freezing weather in Calais, France

Project aim

I am collecting a load of gloves, socks, shoes and anything else which will help people sleeping rough in freezing weather in Calais, France

About the project

There are around 3,000 men, women and children - from many different countries and for many different reasons - living in wretched conditions while they wait to try to make the crossing to the UK. Without regard to any political or religious affiliations, nor to any particular position on immigration, I think that these are people who are in great distress and whom we can easily help. There is little or no official assistance for the migrants so volunteers in Calais are struggling to feed, clothe and keep warm the large number of people living in makeshift camps or in derelict buildings throughout the town.

I will pay all the costs of transport to Calais using my own vehicle. As soon as I have collected enough to fill the back - hopefully within the next three weeks - I will travel to Calais and leave everything with the local volunteers who know which people are in greatest need. I am looking for contributions towards purchasing new gloves, socks and shoes. Please consider making a contribution. £5 will buy 5 pairs of gloves.

The picture is of the Galloo 'squat' in Calais which I visited with donated supplies in January this year. It is a derelict factory with a cold water supply but no electricity or other facilities apart from three donated portaloo toilets serving around 300 migrants from Sudan, Syria, Eritrea, Yemen and other conflict zones. We noticed that many people were wearing canvass plimsolls which are not suitable in the cold and wet climate which none of the migrants were used to - hence the need to raise money to buy shoes.

Many thanks to everyone helping.

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