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Donations to help refugees stay warm this winter

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 December 2015

Jon hare is collecting donations for refugees in Calais

Jon hare is collecting donations for refugees in Calais

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A man is collecting clothing and goods for the thousands of refugees spending freezing winter nights beneath cardboard shelters in Calais' camps.

What is needed

Shoes: Trainers or hiking shoes (UK sizes 7.5 to 9.5)

Tent, tarpaulins, groundsheets, covers

Coats (small and medium sizes)

Travelling bags (backpacks, duffel bags, sports bags)

Candles or any other lighting implements

Belts

Tracksuit trousers (mens)

Jeans (mens – waist 28-32)

Blankets

Sleeping bags

Soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste

Bin liners

Woolly hats, gloves and scarves

Pans and kitchen utensils

Jon Hare, 44, is asking for clothing, tents, blankets and toiletries to be donated at Upminster Methodist Church, Hall Lane, Upminster between midday and 5pm on Sunday (December 13).

Jon said: “Along with so many people back in the summer, we finally started seeing the true scale of the refugee crisis.

“Ordinary people’s best chance of survival was to give up everything and risk their lives to travel on a hazardous journey to Europe in the hope of escaping the terror of war and poverty back home.

“I started to think what risks would I be prepared to take if the same thing happened here? Who would we turn to for help if the situation were reversed?”

Jon contacted people working within the camps and is working with charity Secours Catholique-Caritas France, which has been distributing goods to refugees for 10 years.

He added: “We go to our festivals in the summer, camp in tents, complain about the rain and mud and lousy toilets.

“The people in the Calais Jungle camps (and others) are living in far worse conditions than the average festival because they felt it was the best hope they had of survival and a better life.

“They are being left to fend for themselves while our politicians debate solutions to the root cause of their problems.

“I guess I just felt, along with hundreds of other volunteers up and down the UK, that we needed to do something, however small, to help them now, rather than waiting for a political solution to come.”

The list of goods Jon is able to take is very precise because there is limited storage space in Calais.

It includes tents, tarpaulins, candles, mens tracksuit trousers, blankets, woolly hats, gloves and scarves.

For the full list see the Recorder website.

Jon also needs volunteers to help sort, label and pack the donations – if you’re able to help email calup2015@gmail.com

Alternatively donations can be made at crowdfunding.justgiving.com/calup2015

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