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£4,462raised of £7,500 target by 130 supporters

Weʼre raising £7,500 to Fund volunteers, food and supplies for aid charities working with refugees in Calais and Dunkirk

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Oxfordshire

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We are an enthusiastic group of volunteers working from Oxfordshire. We run aid trips every 2 months, working with Care4Calais, the Refugee Community Kitchen and Utopia56. It is extremely important that we continue to provide aid and volunteers to the charities caring for the migrants and refugees who continue to make their way to Northern France in an attempt to get to the UK. Although there are no official camps there anymore, there are men, women and children sleeping rough, at risk from traffikers and the French CRS, who constantly harass, pepper spray and teargas these vulnerable human beings, fleeing poverty, famine and war. We go to bring back the truth of what we witness.

Since the bulldozing of the 'Jungle' by the French authorities in December 2016 the situation has been growing steadily worse and after a large section of the camp at Dunkirk burned to the ground it can only justifiably be described as desperate.

On our trips to Calais and Dunkirk we've met children growing up in fields by the side of motorways, having their nappies changed on bare concrete and living in bushes. We've distributed clothes, food and sleeping bags to young boys who are beaten up night after night by the riot police. We've seen the French police pepper spray refugees and their belongings to make them unusable, simply for being there.

The money raised will be used to buy much-needed supplies, food, nappies, sanitary products etc for our ongoing trips. Our next trip is scheduled for April 2018. We're aiming to take 2 x 17 seater minibuses with 35 volunteers and aid again.

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  • Gwynne Reddick for Oxfordshire Refugee Solidarity3 months ago
    Gwynne Reddick for Oxfordshire Refugee Solidarity

    Gwynne Reddick for Oxfordshire Refugee Solidarity

    3 months ago

    Huge thank you again to everyone that has supported us over the last few months, it's hugely appreciated. Thanks to your generosity we were able to take out two 17 seat minibuses with 32 volunteers (double the size of our previous largest party) and a large van stuffed with aid this time. This, in turn, allowed one of the charities we work with, Care4Calais to plan and execute several large distributions that wouldn't have been possible otherwise. Longer report with photos here: http://bit.ly/2zzhZEg Next trip is end of Jan 2018

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  • Gwynne Reddick for Oxfordshire Refugee Solidarity4 months ago
    Gwynne Reddick for Oxfordshire Refugee Solidarity

    Gwynne Reddick for Oxfordshire Refugee Solidarity

    4 months ago

    Many, many thanks to everyone that has donated towards our efforts so far it's hugely appreciated. We're going back out on the weekend of November 24th but this time we'll be taking 28 volunteers, our largest group to date as well as supplies and aid for the winter. We've also been able to enlist the help of a couple of schools and kid's clubs who are now busy putting together around a hundred children's backpacks filled with crayons, paper, toys and other goodies to distribute to the children at camps in Calais, Dunquerke and Brussels.

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7 months ago

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 23, 2018

    Sending love xxx

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 23, 2018

    £20.00

  • John Walker

    John Walker

    Feb 23, 2018

    £50.00

  • Roberta Bernardelli

    Roberta Bernardelli

    Feb 18, 2018

    For a great cause, great charities and such a kind-hearted person: happy birthday Ria! I hope to join soon one of these trips and help in person.

  • Jean Thirtle

    Jean Thirtle

    Feb 17, 2018

    Josh Duckmanton

    £30.00

  • Celia Wilson

    Celia Wilson

    Feb 13, 2018

    You were great beginning pf Feb. Sorry I could not go. Look forward t the next one. xxx

    £50.00

  • Núria Pons

    Núria Pons

    Feb 7, 2018

    From Churchill Hospital Theaters Staff :)

    £30.00

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Gwynne Reddick for Oxfordshire Refugee Solidarity

Gwynne Reddick for Oxfordshire Refugee Solidarity

Oxfordshire

We are an enthusiatstic group of volunteers working from Oxfordshire. We run aid trips every 2 months, working with various charities around Calias and Dunkirk such as Care4Calais, the Refugee Community Kitchen and Utopia56.

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