Sheffield group driving donations to Calais praises ‘vital’ refugee support

Sheffield group driving donations to Calais praises 'vital' refugee support  (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Sheffield group driving donations to Calais praises 'vital' refugee support (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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A Sheffield group which is collecting donations and making trips to Calais to support refugees says it is ‘vital’ to offer support to those fleeing for their lives.

‘Calais People To People Solidarity – Action From Sheffield’ has been inundated with donated items since it was set up three weeks ago.

Operating from the Moor Theatre Delicatessen charity base on The Moor, the group is also hoping to organise a ‘flashmob’ welcome for new Syrian refugees.

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Group member Liam Seward has already undertaken several trips to Calais with a van full of donated items including shoes and warm clothes.

He said: “I started the Calais trips after seeing the images in the media and asking myself, ‘What can I do to help?’

“It’s not really nice to see when you go to Calais that there are a lot of people walking around barefoot, and the camp is flooded.

“But there are a lot of positives as well. The community is coming together to help these people.

“It’s vital that we offer that support to anybody who needs it.

“Just going there and talking to them and letting them know people care about them can make a big difference.

“It’s incredible news that Sheffield will take Syrian refugees, but 50 isn’t that many, we should be doing even more.”

Sarah Sharp, of charity Theatre Delicatessen, said: “The phone has been ringing off the hook.

“We have had donations from across Sheffield – so many that we have had to limit the times we take donations.

“It’s really wonderful.”

The group has made two trips to Calais with donations so far.

The charity is also holding an event at its base on The Moor on October 2 from 7pm to raise money for the cause.

To get involved, go to www.facebook.com/CalaisMigrantSolidarityActionFromSheffield