Calais Needs: Items needed as of Monday 23rd November

This week’s list of items needed in Calais by our amazing volunteers, updated Monday 23rd November 2015.

The items at the top of the list are needed urgently.

  • Pre-made identical food parcels with a selection of easy to cook and non-perishable food e.g. tinned (pull tops) tuna/ lamb/ chicken/ beef, tinned (pull top) beans/ chickpeas/ lentils/tomatoes, tomato puree, sugar, salt, long life fruit juice, long life milk, coffee, tea, cooking oil, easy cook rice, spices – all in a bag, tied up, ready to be distributed directly. For further info please see this list.
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping bags
  • Tents (preferably 4 man or larger)

Other items that are also very much needed –

  • Tarpaulins – especially these from Tarpaulins Direct 3m x 6m and bigger ones in the same range, please
  • Sleeping mats
  • Firewood
  • Fire extinguishers (smaller, kitchen size – powder or foam)
  • Wind up/ solar torches and lanterns
  • Men’s waterproof walking boots high ankle and trainers – especially sizes 42 and 43
  • Women’s boots/ shoes up to size 39. No heels!
  • Warm, waterproof winter jackets
  • Socks
  • Underwear (men’s, women’s, and children’s)
  • Goody bags of hats, gloves and scarves
  • Men’s jogging bottoms or jeans (esp black) size 28-36
  • Flat pack cardboard boxes (size 60 x 40 x 32.5 or 90 x 60 x 48)
  • Building Materials – including wood, nails, rope and tools. If you are taking any building materials or have building skills you’d like to put to good use please email:
  • Pallets


Try to concentrate on one or two items as a large amount of one item is much quicker and easier to distribute than a mixed load of many items.

It is very important that goods are clean, pre-sorted and clearly labelled e.g. a box of walking boots size 44, a bag of men’s jeans size 32, or pre-packaged food parcels.

If you want to be a real star then the best box sizes are 60 x 40 x 32.5 or 90 x 60 x 48


To deliver aid to the warehouse and/or to arrange distribution in the camp with the support of experienced volunteers, please complete this form

If you have any questions, please email


The wonderful people at Leisure Fayre have made it super easy to get these urgently needed items directly to Calais. Calais urgently needs sleeping bags and blankets.

Go to LesiureFayre, click on the Help Refugees logo to get to our specially selected list of most needed items and make your selection. To get 20% discount and free delivery to Calais, use the login and password provided on the checkout page.

Many thanks to Leisure Fayre for being so kind!