Collection points have been set up in Kedington, with another to soon to be available in Clare, for people to donate clothing, cooking utensils, toiletries and other essential items to refugees in Calais.
The collection points have this week been opened at Ketton Early Birds, 115 Westward Deals and Kedington Newsagents, also in Westward Deals. From October 1, 7 Aragon Court in Clare will be added to the list.
Kedington mum-of-two, Sarah Forson, whose daughters are aged ten and six, got the ball rolling for the collection points after seeing a social media message by Haverhill man Bryan Johnson, who said he was looking to collect items that could be sent to refugees in Calais.
Mrs Forson said: “I think there is more that we can do as a country, but I think more personally it’s not going to hurt to look and see what you are not using in your home and donate it.
“I do think, as a human being, there is something I would like to do.”
Mrs Forson posted her intentions to help the refugees on social media and was sent a link to the West Suffolk Calais Refugee Camp Drop Off Points page on Facebook.
The West Suffolk group links in to the national organisation Calaid, which invites people to set up their own local groups, collect items and deliver them to a centre in Dalston, London, from where they are delivered to Calais.
Mrs Forson has been supported in her goal by fellow Kedington resident, Fiona Ogden and Clare woman Jennifer Juniper after they connected via Facebook.
A resident of Kedington has also offered them the use of some outbuildings in which to store donated items, while a van is being made available to transport them to London.
A list of exactly what is and isn’t required by the refugees is on the West Suffolk Calais Refugee Camp Drop off Points page on Facebook.