CALAIS/ DUNKIRK – URGENT call out for THICK BLANKETS, SLEEPING BAGS, small TENTS and ROLL MATS

The demolition of Calais camp is leaving many refugees homeless and without possessions. There are not enough spaces in containers or centres being offered, and even those in the containers still rely on our aid. Our teams are handing out EMERGENCY PACKS for everyone displaced but we have COMPLETELY RUN OUT of SLEEPING BAGS and need your HELP.

Next week the makeshift camp in Dunkirk (Grand Synthe) closes with most residents being relocated to the new MSF built camp. BUT to contain scabies they can take NOTHING with them. We need to create 1200 EMERGENCY PACKS this WEEKEND for everyone in Dunkirk alone.

There are 3 ways you can help.

FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD

Go to www.helprefugees.leisurefayre.com and select items to be delivered straight to our Calais Warehouse

IN LONDON

TODAY ONLY – SLEEPING BAG DROP from 8am-8pm

Big Yellow Storage, 401 High RD, N2 8HS

We can accept sleeping bags (winter grade 3 or 4 only please), roll mats & thick blankets. No other items.

IN CALAIS

Drop offs at the warehouse gratefully received. Email calaisdonations@gmail.com for more details.

We can currently accept sleeping bags, thick blankets, roll mats, thermal socks, jumpers, gloves, thermal underwear and small tents. Please note – the warehouse is some distance from the camp and you will not be affected by police action/ tear gas etc if you take goods directly to the warehouse.

A personal message from our warehouse manager Hettie:

“Though sun occasionally graces us with glimpses between the howling winds and bitter cold of Winter holding on before the spring; don’t be fooled into thinking those made homeless today are in any less need of warmth and protection.”


We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.

Please click through if you would like to find out more about our work in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Samos, Idomeni and other locations. If you would like to know how you can help refugees, please check out our Get Involved section where you can find out how to fundraise for us and how to make a donation. Thank you!

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