An outpouring of support for refugees from Ely people

PUBLISHED: 13:44 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:44 25 September 2015

Calais wish list by the Ely Facebook support group

Calais wish list by the Ely Facebook support group


The Calais crisis received a massive outpouring of support from the people of Ely when donations were taken to the distribution centre.

Juliet Browse with some of the goods donated for Calais refugeesJuliet Browse with some of the goods donated for Calais refugees

Juliet Browse, who launched a Facebook support page, said donations were delivered to the CalAid distribution centre thanks to Anthony Clark who donated a van and driver to take everything down.

She said: “The rest of your donations of food, toiletries and bikes we will be delivering directly to the camp in Calais on the first weekend in October part of a well organised aid convoy.

“We are now collecting food packs for the convoy to Calais in October and would really appreciate your help gathering as many individual food packs as we ca.

“Ideally we’d really like people to gather the items on the list and package them up in carrier bags so that they are easy to distribute.”

Among the items needed are tea, coffee, UHT milk, spices, garlic, tin of tomatoes, tin of fish, kidney beans, chickpeas, olive oil, a personal note or a card.

Ms Browse, who runs Spoilt Rotten Beads, is gathering support for what is believed to be around 5,000 refugees camped out in the northern French port town, with as many as 150 arriving every day.

The Facebook page has more than 650 members and is gathering pace with essential items for people.

The next aid trip leaves on October 2 and the deadline for donations is Tuesday September 29.

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