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Evening Standard piece on the ‘creative London volunteers’ working in the Calais camp

Read about our army of ‘creative volunteers at the heart of the Calais jungle’. Working 12 hour days and not stopping for months. Hettie, Ben, Liv, Tom, Liz, Inca and everyone else, we are so proud!

From the Evening Standard

Meet the army of creative London volunteers at the heart of the Calais Jungle

[The warehouse is] presided over by Hettie Colquhoun, 23, who works with L’Auberge des Migrants and Help Refugees. She runs a tight ship, yelling at people to wear their hi-vis vests in the warehouse and has only had one weekend off in four-and-a-half months, visiting a fellow volunteer who is doing a ski season in Morzine: “I didn’t realise I needed time off until I didn’t manage to get the train initially. It was hard to leave because people kept talking to me. I’ll be here for as long as I can afford it. If I was at home I’d be burning a hole in my pocket in different way. We are doing a grand job but it needs to be recognised by the government as a humanitarian crisis.” She hasn’t been to university but is doing an Open University course in forensic psychology.

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