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    Weʼve raised £328 to Pants For Calais

    London, UK
    Funded on Monday, 10th December 2018

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    The Power of Pants

    One of my grandmothers, Gloria, used to always say 'people ought to treat themselves to nice underwear more often.' This started a tradition by which she would buy nice underwear for family and friends no matter how well she knew them. And she's right, there's nothing quite like the new underwear feeling - it makes you feel a little more on top of things, and let's be honest - a little bit sexy.

    However, it is something we hugely take for granted. Despite the eviction of Calais last year, and the disappointing lack of news coverage, there are still over 1,500 people (at least 200 of them unaccompanied children) living in the forests of Northern France, with teams working tirelessly to provide clean clothes, food and shelter all year round. This number is set to rise over autumn.

    And they are running out of pants.

    The leading NGO for Calais refugees, Help Refugees have put out multiple pleas in the last few months for more underwear, particularly mens underwear. This is just one of the many failures to fulfil basic obligations by the French and UK governments as well as the EU, so sadly it is up to those of us who refuse to turn a blind eye to help out. 

    For my birthday this year, I want to provide as many pairs of pants as possible. (A good 'p' warm up for any thespians out there!) As someone who is quite disorganised, I know the feeling of waking up and knowing full well I don't have any clean underwear. However, the thought of that being the daily norm and having to spend days and even weeks in the same pair of pants is abhorrent. 

    £1 can give someone their back their daily dignity and make them feel a little more human again. £5 will buy someone a box of fresh new pants. Never underestimate the power of pants! If she was still around, I'm sure Gloria would agree. 

    So friends and family, if you were thinking of getting me a card or present this year - please don't bother, I'm happy as a Larry with what I have, but please do consider donating to my birthday cause. As I said, every £1 is one pair of pants for someone in need.

    Oh and as a thank you - I'm going to be taking lots of ridiculous photos of me with pants on my head.

    Thank you, and warm wishes,


    'Brothers and sisters, we have a world to win, and nothing to lose but our preconceived notions of each other. Reach out, talk, help, learn, sing, listen, dance, be quiet, cook, eat, share, laugh, cry… live. You don’t gain hope by sitting by yourself and wishing the world was more hopeful.'

     Renke Meuwese, long-term Help Refugees volunteer in Calais



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      • Colin Rothwell

        Colin Rothwell

        Sep 4, 2018

        This is the weirdest donation I have ever given. Happy Birthday!


      • Georgia


        Sep 4, 2018

        Happy birthday! And what a truly wonderful thing to do for it, this is a fantastic idea and really thoughtful, thank you!


      • Blackie Melfi

        Blackie Melfi

        Sep 4, 2018

        Happy birthday angel xoxo


      • Deb and the Knighton clan

        Deb and the Knighton clan

        Sep 4, 2018

        Happy birthday Em and many many happy returns. Wishing you lots of pants and lots of love from the Knightons xxxx


      • Anonymous


        Sep 4, 2018

      • Ben Webber

        Ben Webber

        Sep 4, 2018

        Happy birthday you wonderful selfless human being :)


      • EL


        Sep 4, 2018


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      Emma B-p

      Emma B-p

      London, UK

      Leading Calais refugee NGO 'Help Refugees' have released a plea for help providing essential resources, stating they are in desperate need of new pants. For my birthday, I'm not in desperate need of anything, let alone pants. Please help bring dignity to those living in Calais.

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