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Weʼre raising £20,000 to Help Alan, who suffered a double legs amputation after an accident in France, Dunkirk.

Lille, France
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On the 14th of January, 2018 Alan, a refugee volunteer chef, was hit by a train near Dunkirk during an attempt to cross the border, seeking asylum. As a result of this accident, Alan lost both of his legs. He is a refugee from Iraqi Kurdistan. While there is little hope for state support, Alan’s family, friends and those whose hearts were touched by this tragic accident set up this fundraising page to aid Alan’s recovery, including leg prosthetics.

Alan is well known among Dunkirk refugee community workers and volunteers for his kindness and support. For over a year he cooked delicious meals for refugees that kept many alive and warm through the cold months. That is two, three times a day for 2500 people, every day. No matter how dreadful some days were, amid police raids, poor living conditions and little hope for improvement, Alan always stayed positive and comforted others in the camp.

Being a refugee is traumatic enough, but the status is not permanent. The limitation of having no legs is something Alan will have to live with for the rest of his life. We hope his scars will not be a reminder of how Europe failed him, forcing Alan into the life of immobility, but for the kindness of the people who came forth to support him and, let’s hope, give him strength to look for the future.

Alan is out of intensive care for now but is awaiting yet another operation and, we are told, there will be months until he can leave the hospital. We thank the medical staff at hospital in Lille for taking such a good care of him.

This fundraising page is set up with the approval of Alan’s family, and all funds will be forwarded to Alan’s family as his main trustee.

Sincerely yours,

“Team Allan”

Abid Pervez, UK, refugee camp volunteer,

Adèle Bras, France, refugee camp volunteer

Agnès Druel , France, refugee camp volunteer

Dlan Longman, Ireland, refugee camp volunteer

Sylvie Vicente, France, refugee camp volunteer

Tanya Vacarda, UK, volunteer

And sixteen more souls from different parts of Europe.

PS. Our priority is legs prosthetics and we are looking at different options cost-wise, however we are also trying to sort out legal, admin and translation support for Alan. If you wish to help in any way other than your kind donation, feel free to get in touch with us. Thank you!

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  • Tanya Vacarda1 month ago
    Tanya Vacarda

    Tanya Vacarda

    1 month ago

    Hi All, thank you for your support and prayers! I'm glad to share a good news that Alan is finally receiving treatment. He has a care worker/social worker in place and his treatment is funded from the government. However, Alan spirit is very low, so I am told. His mental health is a big concern right now. One of our volunteers will travel to Calais in the next couple of weeks and will try to see Alan and his family to understand the situation. so more to come in a couple of weeks. Best regards, Tanya on behalf of the Team Alan

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  • Tanya Vacarda2 months ago
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    Tanya Vacarda

    2 months ago

    Update 15/06 (Part 1): Hi All, To share some news with you all… A week ago, a couple of great peeps drove from England to deliver a wheelchair for Alan as the one he had got broken. The chair was donated, so we did not need to use money from the fund. Also, thanks to the beautiful ladies in Lille, Alan has finally got an appointment with a GP on Monday, 18th. We hope very much it will result in a place in a therapy centre and mental support he so needs right now. Please pray for Alan things finally work out in his favour. ...

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  • Tanya Vacarda2 months ago
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    Tanya Vacarda

    2 months ago

    Update 15/06 (part 2): Regarding the fund, the consensus is we keep it intact until we know prosthetics & recovery costs. It's anyway not possible to withdraw smaller sums but the entire fund at once, loosing on payout fees. So, Ciara Conell opened another page to help Alan get by with everyday needs as he is seriously struggling with the state support he gets. I hope this makes sense. Have a good day! Tanya

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Page last updated on: 7/25/2018 9:13 PM



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    Apr 24, 2018

    From the punks in Australia to a brother in need. Sending you lots of love Alan X


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    Apr 16, 2018


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  • Torla Evans

    Torla Evans

    Mar 13, 2018

    All my best wishes to Alan and his family. Hoping that he is recuperating and that his family are being supported.


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Tanya Vacarda

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Lille, France

A volunteer, helping 'Team Allan' group with front end media while they support Alan and his family on site and tackle legal and admin issues.

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