Eastbourne couple head to Calais Jungle

Children at the Calais Migrant camp SUS-150818-142352001
Children at the Calais Migrant camp SUS-150818-142352001

A couple from Eastbourne are asking for donations of unwanted clothing and blankets to take to the Calais Jungle migrant camp.

On Thursday August 27, Eastbourne resident Melanie Torres and her husband John Carey, will travel to the migrant camp known as the Calais Jungle with donated supplies in a bid to improve its living conditions.

Line for supplies at the Calais migrant camp SUS-150818-142403001

Line for supplies at the Calais migrant camp SUS-150818-142403001

Melanie and John, will be shown around the camp by local guide, Riaz, a migrant living in the camp who helps organise humanitarian help to the area.

Melanie is expecting to find difficult circumstances in the camp, she said, “Other people when they have got back have said they have been in shock for a few days afterwards.

“I go to France quite a lot and I cant keep seeing it and not do anything. I think I’m quite a helpful person but there are always a lot of English people going over to help there, who you don’t necessarily hear about in the general newspapers.

“There is one girl, a doctor, who is spending her summer holiday in the camp to help there.”

The camp is thought to be home to more than 3,000 people from around the world, many fleeing warzones in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.

A camp in Calais has existed in some form for more than 15 years but numbers at this new camp have grown rapidly since opening last April seeing humanitarian resources at the camp stretched increasingly thin.

John and Melanie are now looking for any donations of warm clothing, unwanted shoes and blankets from around Eastbourne. The couple are also asking for donations of razors and other bathroom products for the

If you want to donate any supplies you can call John and Melanie on 01323727038

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