Northampton family inspire friends to donate clothes and food to migrants in Calais

Gary Kennedy

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A priest from Northampton is appealing for items as he undertakes monthly journeys to Calais with food and clothes for migrants living in makeshift camps.

Baptist minister Gary Kennedy, with wife Carol, came up with the aid project, called Soin sans Frontieres, while planning a holiday in France.

Aware that they would be passing near the camps, they decided to detour and drop off some items.

After mentioning it to friends on Facebook, word quickly spread and they soon had a van-load of goods for a return journey.

The couple not do not make any profit from the project and money donated pays for transport costs back and forth to Calais monthly.

Donations given so far have included baby clothing, sleeping bags, and even a one-tonne pallet of dried food.

Gary said on his donation page: “We returned from the latest trip exhausted but inspired. The situation in Calais has worsened since our last visit with many more people arriving daily.

“Many are broken up families that have lost loved ones,not only in their homes but after escaping their tormentors.

“The trail to safety is a dangerous one and our help must be given.”

Anyone wanting to donate can use PayPal, sending the donation to gdamaged@outlook.com

Alternatively, people can email the Kennedys to arrange delivery or collection of food, clothing or other items.

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