New Harborough group set up to help Calais refugees

The new group will be linking with charity CalAid
The new group will be linking with charity CalAid

A new group has been set up in Market Harborough to help deliver aid to refugees in Calais.

‘Market Harborough Helps Refugees’ is a new initiative aiming to collect donations of essential aid to deliver to the thousands of refugees in makeshift camps in Calais.

Launched yesterday (Thursday), on the day that the distressing images of Ayan Kurdi, the three-year-old refugee, who washed up dead on a beach in Bodrum, Turkey, were published it is centred around a Facebook group, open to the public.

The initiative’s founder, local business woman, Paula Alexander, said: “As a parent, that image hit me particularly hard. What if that had been my child? And why were we born so fortunate?

“I realised that I couldn’t keep crying for children like Aylan without also doing something constructive to help.”

To avoid duplication of effort and any unwanted donations, ‘Market Harborough Helps Refugees’ is linking with CalAid, a charitable organisation already supporting displaced people in Calais refugee camps.

CalAid believes that no person should be without access to basic human rights like shelter and warmth.

CalAid has issued a list of the most needed items for donation, which can also be found on the ‘Market Harborough Helps Refugees’ Facebook page.

Collections made in Market Harborough, at a location to be confirmed shortly, will then be checked, sorted and packaged for delivery to one of CalAid’s hub collection points in London, hopefully on October 4.

Paula said: “The support we have received already has been fantastic. So many people are pledging to donate; to help sort and pack and even to drive donations to the drop off points in London.

“With the help of people and businesses in the Market Harborough area, we’re keen to collect as many of the requested items as possible and send them to where they’re needed most”.

Anyone wanting more information is asked to contact Paula via the ‘Market Harborough Helps Refugees’ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MarketHarboroughhelpingrefugees