A volunteer has travelled to Calais to take clothes and build shelters for refugees in the “Jungle” camp.
Adam Woodhall decided to venture to France from 27-29 November after hearing the stories about the migrant crisis in the media.
He said: “I have a dry, warm home with a comfy bed. As winter draws in, these people don’t have that. I wanted to take them some warm clothes.”
Adam appealed to friends and colleagues and managed to collect six bin bags’ worth of clothes and £255 in cash.
He was “blown away” by everyone’s generosity.
While the camp was set up as a temporary facility for the refugees fleeing from their homelands in the Middle East, some structures are becoming more permanent after border security to Britain was heightened.
At the camp, Adam helped out with building some wooden shelters to house the refugees in during the winter months.
He said: “I don’t normally do anything ‘handy’ and when I was asked at the volunteer centre if I wanted to get involved in any DIY, I jumped at the chance. This felt good because I was contributing to people being drier and warmer this winter.”
Adam also spoke of the distressing scenes at the camp. “To see what is effectively a slum shantytown on the outskirts of a modern industrial town, Calais, 20 miles from England, was overwhelming.
“To think there is a few thousand people in Calais, but in Syria there are a few million people displaced is pretty mind blowing.”
Images: Adam Woodfall