I have started this campaign after watching and reading so many news reports, blogs etc on the situation in Calais. I have always wanted to help others but I never truly understood the plight of those from far away places. My focus often lay with the needs of those in the UK. Whilst I will always care greatly about the needy in my home country I have spent a lot of time reflecting recently and realise just how lucky we all are in the UK and other developed countries. The migrants in Calais have nothing. They have left everything they knew. Many have seen their loved ones suffer, even die. People are crossing the seas in dinghies whilst I sit by the river Rhein drinking a gin and tonic! It's not right and I want to help. I don't care about any social or political issues this raises - all I want to do is afford people the dignity that I have taken for granted since the day I was born.
On Saturday 29th August myself and my husband plan to rent a van and drive a 1000 mile round trip to take urgent supplies to those in Calais. I am currently collecting physical donations of food, clothes etc from people in Switzerland but I am now asking everyone I know for help and support.
Please make a donation of whatever amount to help these poor people. My goal is to raise £1000. Some of this will have to be used to pay for fuel for the trip although we will endeavour to use the majority of the funds to buy food and whatever else is needed.
Thank you in advance!
3/9/15 - SINCE STARTING THIS FUNDRAISER I HAVE VISITED CALAIS AND HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE NEEDS OF THOSE LIVING IN THE CAMP. MONIES RAISED FROM THIS POINT ON WILL BE SPENT ON ENSURING THAT THOSE IN THE CAMP SURVIVE THE WINGE