Harlow volunteers off to Calais to aid refugees

Communities / Wed 14th Oct 2015 at 02:00pm

By Julia Salisbury and Scarlett Hellard

Jeans for CalaisBy Julia Salisbury

VOLUNTEERS from across Harlow have joined together in a bid to stand up to racism.

On Saturday 17th October 2015, a group of Harlow volunteers will travel to a well-known refugee camp in Calais.

The camp in Sangatte, also known as ‘The Jungle,’ is home to approximately 3,000 refugees, who come from countries such as Afghanistan, Eritrea and Syria.

The volunteer group, consisting of 20 members, will be joining a much larger number of volunteers from areas all over the UK as part of a national convoy organised by Stand up to Racism.

Joining the group from Harlow will be Labour Councillor, Emma Toal and Herts and Essex Community Farm co-ordinator, Elliot Wollen.

French Aid Organisations L’auberge Des Migrants and Secours Catholique will meet the group travelling from the UK in Calais and it is here where the volunteers will help to deliver aid donated by the people of Harlow, Stevenage and Theydon Bois.

Winter clothes, tinned food and first aid supplies were among the vital supplies that the counties of Essex have donated.

These are just a few of the essential items the refuges will require to survive in the conditions they are living in and were not shortlisted as the ‘luxury items’ the Home Office warned councils against providing refugees with, published shortly before Theresa May made her speech on limiting the right to claim asylum in Britain on Tuesday.

Volunteer Jasmine O’Brien, a Patient Pathway Coordinator at Princess Alexandra Hospital spoke of the generosity of those who donated.

She said: “The amazing amount of donations we have received clearly shows that the people of Harlow stand in solidarity with the refugees.”

Organisers of the trip are hoping for a large turnout on the day of departure for the volunteers, to show the united front the people of Harlow have and the compassion they share.

The organiser of the trip, Adam Cochrane, has encouraged the public to come and see off the volunteers saying: “We want as many people as possible to come to rally on Saturday morning.”

The volunteers will be leaving for Calais at 08:00 from outside The Harlow Playhouse.

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2 Comments for Harlow volunteers off to Calais to aid refugees:

2015-10-15 09:47:25

What a pity these people do not look closer to home for example the centre at Wych Elm for homeless or some of our troops suffering from ptsd or without a home,a large percentage of these so called refugees are trying to get here for one thing and that is our benefit system and as for having nothing they all seem to have the latest mobiles. As we know there is a housing crisis for social housing so bringing more in is not going to help anybody apart from all the BTL slumlords,perhaps like me when you see a refugee/immigrant/sponger getting a house or flat and your own children have been on the housing list for 18 years you will look at it from a different point of view,i hope we get a really bad winter in the Balkans and Northern Europe that should sort things out a little(Darwinism)

2015-10-18 11:08:49

Who would have thought it? Harlow Labour councillors off to show their support for another illegal encampment.

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