Bringing Warmth to Calais This Winter

Back in November, we appealed for you to send us supplies for those stuck in Calais through the cold winter months and we are very grateful for all the contributions we have received so far.

We have now set the date for our trip and will be leaving London this weekend. So, if you have been meaning to drop by with your unwanted blankets, sleeping bags, torches and anything else that would be useful as the temperature drops, please do so as soon as possible! You can find us at the Trinity Centre in East Ham.

As well as providing practical items that will help to keep people physically warm, we also want to provide emotional warmth to those in the camps, many of whom have either lost family members or had to leave them behind, not knowing whether they will see them again. Some of our young people know this experience first-hand and wanted to share their personal messages of support.


So that we could all contribute something that would reach as many people as possible, we got in touch with the fantastic project, Birds Crossing Borders, to request some of their ‘birdcards’ – a beautifully designed set of six postcards – on which all of our staff and young people wrote messages of empathy, support and hope. Birds Crossing Borders will be taking these cards with them in February and we hope that this human connection will offer at least a little comfort to those who need it most.

The original Birds Crossing Borders deadline of 20 December has been extended, so if you are moved to send your own message, you can still order your free set of postcards now. If you have supplies you would like to donate, we are still accepting walk-in drop offs until this Friday 22 January.

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