Preston Faith Volunteers to Help Calais Refugees

Volunteers from a faith organisation are heading to Calais to help give out aid and supplies to refugees. Representatives of the Preston Faith Forum are to set off to makeshift camps near the French city next Friday, where thousands of people are gathered.

Vice chairman of the Faith Forum and recently joined contributing editor to Imams Online, Nadeem Ashfaq said,

‘Despite the majority of the refugees in Calais being Muslim, there are also many Christians, so it made sense to organise this visit from the platform of the Preston Faith Forum as an opportunity for other faiths to actively get involved, and show common humanity with those in desperate need.

Chairman of the group Jeremy Dable, as well as Nadeem Ashfaq, will be taking vital items to the camps “as a matter of urgency”, and are calling on the people of Preston to make donations.

According to Nadeem Ashfaq,

“So far the response has been excellent with mosques, churches, Sikh temples allowing us to use their religious venues as a dropping of point for the public to drop of their supplies/donations.”

Organisers are asking for donations of money to the Faith Forum to buy and distribute the most needed aid, or donations of clothing, food or hygiene products.

They say among the most needed items are camp supplies including tents, sleeping bags, tarpaulins, bottled water, food and cooking stoves.

There is also a call for hygiene products and toiletries, including soap, toothpaste, disposable razors, antiperspirants, baby wipes and anti-bacterial hand gel.

Other items needed are men and women’s clothing, such as rainproof jackets, warm coats, scarves, hats, wellies, gloves, socks and durable footwear.

Drop off points in Preston are the Iqra Islamic Education Centre in Garstang Road, the Aqsa Mosque in Fishwick Parade, the Sikh Gurdwara in Tunbridge Street, the Heritage Church in Lancaster Road and the Central Methodist Church in Lune Street.

Source: Lancashire Evening Post

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