You would have to have a heart of stone not to be touched by some of the tragic images of the plight of Syrian refugees in the last few weeks. Whatever your views on controlling immigration, we cannot sit back and allow these people who have been driven out of their homes by a civil war which is estimated to have killed up to half a million people. An estimated 7 million people have been displaced, and 4 million Syrians have been forced to grab whatever belongings they can carry and flee with their families.
Many of the refugees are now in the makeshift camp in Calais where there are already a number of asylum seekers who have been forced to leave countries like war torn Afghanistan, Eritrea and Sudan.
A Birmingham based charity, the Amirah Foundation are collecting goods to take down to Calais to try to assist and to prepare them for the coming winter. They are in particular need of items for men, such as warm clothing – jackets, belts, hats, shoes, boots and trainers (sizes 7-9), as well as sleeping bags and blankets, and cooking implements like pots and pans. Other items such as travel bags, rucksacks etc., toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap will also be welcome.
If you can donate some of these items You can drop them off to Hayley Albright at the Mad as a Hatter tea rooms on Abbey Road (opposite the post office), are taking collections to be passed on to the group.
Update: All donations will need to be at the Amirah Foundation by 15th September. Donations can also be left withThimblemill Library.