Report from 8/9 December trip to Calais: Support #Coats4Calais

Around 90 volunteers travelled to Calais on Saturday for a weekend of solidarity with refugees organised by SUTR and Care4Calais. Despite torrential rain, all the refugee settlements in Calais had distributions, plus the large settlement at Dunkirk. Over 700 packs of winter clothing were distributed, plus hot drinks and snacks, haircutting, phone charging and wi-ii.
SUTR groups came from Birmingham, Enfield, Haringay, Newham and South London, along with trade union delegations from Warwickshire NEU and a GMB delegation from London Region and North West/Northern Ireland region.
Over 3,000 refugees are currently sleeping rough in Northern France, and temperatures are rapidly dropping. Some as young as 13, with no access to clean clothes, water or shelter. So this holiday season our goal is to provide each and every one of these refugees with a warm winter coat. To do this we URGENTLY need your help.
We’re asking everyone to look in your cupboards for a winter coat you no longer wear.
  • Take a picture of yourself holding up this coat and post it on social media with a message such as:
    “Show you @Care4Calais by donating a coat to a refugee this winter #Coats4Calais”
  • Donate your coat at your nearest drop off point – see here
  • If you don’t have a coat to donate you can buy a coat to keep a refugee warm all winter for just £25 here