As many of you are probably aware, the camp known as 'the jungle' in Calais, is due to be demolished.
There are many 1000's of people who will be made homeless..... If you could call this place a 'home' to lose.
There are 1022 registered unaccompanied orphans, many of whom have a legal right to come and be with family in the UK.
There is immense pressure on the governments of both here and France, to face the problem and deal with the crisis swiftly and humanely. Until then, it remains in the hands of the many volunteers, and grassroots organisations who have provided life saving basic supplies to the refugees in the camp.
With the demolition imminent, there needs to be a great effort to prepare the many people who will potentially face losing any support network that they may have around them.
Winter is fast approaching and with no concrete onward arrangements made as of yet, there is grave concern for the welfare of these displaced people.
I am intending to drive a carload of supplies to Calais on Saturday 22nd of October.
If anybody lives within the vicinity of Colchester and would like to donate any items then please contact me.
I have set up a crowd fund only because I am worried that I may not have enough physical donations to fill the car at such short notice, and thus waste potential opportunity to deliver help. Any funds gathered will go toward filling any vacant space with specified food and supplies, the quality and range of which will depend on the amount raised, and in the happy case of surplus, leftover funds and/or donations will go toward additional deliveries, ongoing help for the refugees, and/or direct donation to existing groups already involved in the effort to help these people.
Many people have been doing supply runs to Calais every day, but now that the closure of the camp looms, it is vital we step it up a gear ahead of the event. I have been in touch with Care4Calais, and they are very grateful for me to make this trip (and any others who would like to do the same).
In fact they are reliant on donations and volunteers to carry on what they do. I aim to stay and help in the warehouse for as long as I can before returning home to my family.
If you would rather donate directly to Care4Calais, then please go to their page and you can see all of the wonderful things they are doing, and have been doing for a very long time.
As a mother, I can't sit back and watch this unfold any longer without doing something. I have three children of my own and so I cannot stay for long. But I feel I have to do this, and any support - in any form - would be greatly appreciated.
If you are unable to donate anything but can afford a stamp, then I am hoping to collect notes/letters under the heading 'dear friend'..... I want to bring some words of compassion and hope to these people who have little other comfort. A handwritten letter would have a human touch, but if you cannot afford a stamp, then you can also email me your message and I will print a copy and bring it with me to give to the refugees.
These people have fled from Hell, travelled through Hell, and arrived at Hell. Only to be moved on again. If, like so many others, there is part of you feeling utterly desperate to help them in some way, then now is the time to get involved - however you can.
We can't ignore this problem. Demolishing the camp will not make these people disappear. So lets help them survive the next leg of their journey until our governments figure out what it is they need to do.