16 January 2017

Urgent appeal from the Just Shelter team

Local refugee support group Just Shelter has been in touch with an urgent appeal to support refugees in France. The wish list will be open until the evening of Friday 20th January. They say:

Last winter, you were all incredible and helped us collect sleeping bags, tarpaulins and eventually build shelters for Calais. Whilst the camp is no more, we are kicking off 2017 by responding to an urgent need coming from our partners Help Refugees: as hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers are currently sleeping on the streets of the French capital, and with many more in a similar situation in the Dunkirk camp, they are in very short supply of the following items:

- Pop up tents
- Thick blankets
- Hat, socks and gloves kit

As you are aware, temperatures have dropped significantly and people are literally freezing on the streets of Paris - this includes women and young children. As French police are regularly demanding these families move on, the need is great for easily transportable items.

So, once again we need your help - You can make a difference to someone's life by helping them get through another winter.  We have put together an Amazon wishlist of the most needed items.  
We are travelling to Calais on Saturday 21st January and would love to have reached our target by then, which is: 
Any contribution you can make is massively appreciated.
The wish list will close on Friday 20th evening.

Please follow the link below on Amazon.fr, which will take you straight to our wish list where you can purchase one or more items, which will be delivered straight to the Calais warehouse. From there, these much-needed items will be delivered by volunteers to Paris and Dunkirk.


The list may appear in French at first but you can easily translate this into English in your web browser.  We have made the decision to use French suppliers so we can get items to the front line quicker and at a lower cost.

To keep up to date with how the wish list is doing over the week, visit our Just Shelter Facebook page where we will be telling the story.

We will also be delivering a van full of sleeping bags collected on our behalf by Wandsworth Welcomes Refugees. We will be visiting the Children's Centre at Dunkirk and will give you some news soon!