Four Labour Councillors teamed up with Care4Calais and Haringey Stand Up to Racism on a solidarity trip to Calais on Saturday 8th December to take donated money and material aid to refugees living rough in the area.
There are around 1,500 refugees sleeping rough in Calais and Dunkirk. Life for them is extremely bleak. Many have walked thousands of miles from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria; many have survived the deadly Mediterranean crossing. They have no access to even basic sanitation, shelter or a regular food supply.
Councillor Matthew White, one of the councilors making yet another trip to Calais, said, “The people I met in Calais and Dunkirk this summer have been forced to leave their homes by war and oppression. Most have family in the UK. Haringey Labour Councillors are calling for donations to help these people this coming winter but also to publicise their plight and help persuade the UK government to let them join their families.”
They are looking for donations of money and material aid, particularly clothing and toiletries.
People who’d like to donate money can do so here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/haringeysolidarity