We are very grateful to all those who were able to respond, despite the holiday period, to our appeal for goods, clothes and cash for young people in Calais. Our main contact in Calais is Brother Johannes Maertens, who with other Catholic Worker members is running a small house for young people stranded in Calais with no means of moving on. We raised an astonishing £4300 in 5 weeks, and the amount has shot up again in the last week. Brother Johannes was very grateful and continues to do sterling work there. We have extended the deadline for donations to November 5th, for those who would still like to contribute. Here is the link to our Justgiving page.
We are also supporting other charities, such as Secours Catholique in France, and Safe Passage here in the UK are working on the long term issues such as caring for the other migrants (including women and children) drifting back to Calais, and working for legal entry for those who qualify under the Dubs Amendment and Dublin 3 agreement.