North South Calais Solidarity

by ciara-bottomley in London

North South Calais Solidarity
We did it
On 9th February 2016 we successfully raised £1,070 with 43 supporters in 28 days

North-South Solidarity with Calais: A small group of volunteers bringing 2 vans of supplies & volunteering with NGOs on the ground

by ciara-bottomley in London

 New stretch target


Thanks to all our supporters we smashed our initial target of £500 and we are seeking to double our donation to support l'Auberge des Migrants in Calais that provides basic necessities for survival; food, shelter, warmth. 

The situation seems to be changing on a daily basis. The authorities are moving in with bulldozers to clear the land - only amplifying the sense of displacement and insecurity that already overwhelms those living in the camp.  Providing funds to NGOs ensures they can spend the money in line with the most urgent needs of those living in the camps.

North-South Calais Solidarity

We are a small group of volunteers planning to fill two vans' worth of supplies to take to Calais on the 14th February.  We would like to spend a week there providing much needed assistance to the organisations on the ground.

There are 6,000 men, women and children living in the Calais camp and a further 3,000 in Dunkirk facing extremely harsh conditions including the threat of eviction and aid blockages.

The various charities working in Calais are helping to provide food consisting of one meal a day (although there is often not enough even for that), basic shelter and clothing to try to keep the cold and wet at bay.

Money is needed so that we can cover basic costs of the journey. Any money raised in excess of our basic costs will go towards buying much needed food and sanitary products.

If you cannot donate money, we are in need of other items too and are collecting in Kendal, Oxford and London (Dalston).

Urgently required:

Building materials - especially pallets
Sleeping bags
Tents ( 4 man tents or larger)
Waterproof warm winter coats and waterproof trousers
Camp mats
Fire Extinguishers
Wind up/ solar torches and lanterns


Waterproof walking boots high ankle or trainers size especially sizes 42 and 43
Small trousers (size 28 and 30)
Waterproof trousers
S + M tracksuit bottoms
S long-sleeved tops, jumpers and hoodies

Boots/ shoes up to size 39.  No heels!
Smaller cup size bras (up to 36C)
Warm, Waterproof coats (S + M)
Waterproof trousers
Trousers (S, M, L) - jeans and tracksuit bottoms
Long-sleeved tops, jumpers and hoodies (S + M)
Socks and Underwear (men's, women's and children's)
Goody bags of hats, gloves and scarves

Please ensure that all donated items are clean and in good condition.

Please help us to gather the necessary supplies. With your help we can show the French and UK governments that it is not acceptable to treat human beings in this way. Public opinion has influenced immigration policy in the past, we can do it again!!



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