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Funds still needed to help Calais camps

PUBLISHED: 09:00 12 November 2015

Haydn Gresty took these photos on his last trip to Calias.

Haydn Gresty took these photos on his last trip to Calias.


North Devon is being urged to dig deep and help ship supplies collected across the region out to refugees in need.

Funds are still needed to ship supplies out to refugee camps in Calais from North Devon.

Haydn Gresty, who has coordinated the collection of clothing, food and supplies for Grosvenor Church in Barnstaple, has returned from his second trip to France.

Haydn and three volunteers rented a van and drove to the refugee camps, where they spent three days handing out food, clothing, tents and sleeping bags.

He said: “It’s changed a lot in the three weeks since the last time we went out there.

“They have put street lights up and there are cafés starting to pop up everywhere.

“But there are around 100-150 new people turning up each day, walking across Europe from Greece, and they have nothing.”

Haydn currently has around 20 tonnes of supplies collected from across North Devon, but needs funds to be able to ship them.

“Every trip costs around £800 so as soon as we get the money we will go; I am hoping the next trip will be around mid-November,” he said.

The appeal has also shipped two pallets out to migrants in Greece, and is in the process of shipping out another four to Kos and Samos.

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