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Grande Synthe Refugee Aid

posted 17 Dec 2015, 08:21 by   [ updated 17 Dec 2015, 08:21 ]

TTC Refugee Aid donation drive

After seeing the appalling conditions that people are living in when I visited a Refugee camp in Dunkirk recently, I decided to run an aid drive. The response was overwhelming, in one week we had the following items donated:

  • Money for six brand new storm proof family tents and twelve roll mats which Go Outdoors sold me on a really good deal.
  • Large Family tent and many other tents.
  • Kent Blaxill donated concrete blocks for six rocket stoves
  • Fourteen family food packs made up from food donations
  • Ten bags of kindling that had been cut to fit the rocket stoves
  • Money to manufacture four car wheel hub heaters/cookers
  • Men's/Women's/children's and babies clothes, coats and shoes
  • Money for transport and travel

Delivery Day

After getting up early and leaving Ipswich at 5:00am we made it to Dover in good time for our 8:25am ferry, unfortunately there was a huge storm and we were delayed by two hours.  The crossing was very, very rough.

We met our contact from a group called Aid Box Convoy who have representatives at the camp all the time to help co-ordinate the aid distribution.  We met in a car park close to the entrance of the camp and as he knew that we had some family tents he wanted to take me into the camp to meet some of the families that were going to benefit from our tents.  One family with young children had been sleeping under the trees in the cold mud for the past three nights, I was so pleased to see our tents going to people who really need them, they will literally save lives as it starts to get colder.

The van was driven to a distribution point within the camp and we handed out the van full of aid in little over an hour.  After the van had been emptied we set up a four block rocket stove as a demonstration (pictured above).  This went down really well and all six rocket stoves were taken away quickly. 

It was an exhausting but very worthwhile day, nobody should be allowed to live in these conditions. 

The organisation I have worked with (Aid Box Convoy) are doing such an important job trying to better the conditions at the camp. 

To find out more or to support them please look at their website 

Mr Sparkes