Shas Sheehan talks to the heroes of Calais and Dunkirk

Baroness Shas Sheehan went to Calais and Dunkirk with some supplies a few weeks ago. She is going again this week and invites you to help her get supplies together.

On her last visit, she spoke to some of those heroic volunteers who have given up months of their time to help the refugees survive the Winter. Here’s the video she made.

Here is the list of items that Shas wants to take to Dunkirk and details of how to get them to her.

What you can do to help

A delivery to Calais will take place on Thursday 24 March.

A carefully compiled list, with input from organisations on the ground, has been put together – see below. A couple of collection points in London have been organised. Please feel free to organise a collection for your own local party (and do involve the wider public too) and arrange delivery to one of the collection sites.

If you are outside London then you will be able to buy items online, and ask for delivery to be made to the address in Putney below.

These items are top of our list of essential needs and will be much appreciated.

Essential items for Dunkirk (Please note: only these can be accepted):

Sleeping bags/thick blankets (to buy online, see below)
Roll mats (to buy online, see below)
Camp beds (to buy online, see below)
Camping stoves/gas/cooking utensils (to buy online, see below)
Warm jackets/coats (Preferably wind/waterproof or ski jackets)
Warm trousers, preferably waterproof but not essential
Sturdy boots/walking boots
Underwear/socks (New)
Baby wipes
Black bin liners (strong ones)
Wind up torches/lanterns (to buy online, see below)
Food parcels including the following:
Tinned tuna, chickpeas, tomatoes, lentils, beans and fruit (preferably pull-ring tins)
Rice (No pasta!)
spices – ground ginger, garlic, turmeric, chilli
Tea, sugar, salt

NB: Only the items of clothing mentioned above can be accepted. All clothes must be bagged and clearly labelled, eg “women’s coats”.  If you are donating sleeping bags you have at home please try to pack them up as small as possible.

Collection points and dates:

Camden local party. Address is 242 Webheath Community Workshops, Netherwood Street, London, NW6 2JX.
Contact is Bradley Hillier-Smith: [email protected], 07832 972270
Opening hours: Sun 20 Mar 7pm-9pm, Wed 23 Mar 10am-5pm

Putney Drop-off point: 4 Ravenna Road, London SW15 6AW. Parking available in driveway.
Contact is Sam Finniear: [email protected], 07432 870198, or Shas on 07810 108983
Opening hours: Anytime. If no-one is in please leave items in the covered garage with a note to say who it is from.

Here are the online items:

Please ask for them to be delivered directly to:
4 Ravenna Road, Putney, London SW15 6AW.
You can ask them to leave things in the porch if no-one is at home.
Sleeping bag – Sports Direct (£19.00)
Camping gas stove – Amazon (£8.49)
Gas cartridges – Purely Outdoors (£13.18)
Tents – Argos (£24.99)
·  Halfords (£50.00)
·  4 man, tunnel design, pitched size: 420 x 210 x 140cm
·  [BEST OPTION] Decathlon (£64.99)·  4 man, wind and rain resistant, double layered, includes living/storage area, pitched size: 240 x 210 cm (bedroom) and 175 x 260cm (living area).
Roll mats – Sports Direct (£3.50):
Wind-up Torch/lantern (£7.95)
Camping bed – Blacks. Raised from ground to prevent clothes becoming wet (£15.00)

Please give whatever you can to help people living in such desperate conditions – and thank you for donating to the Lib Dem humanitarian effort.


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