Northampton man planning to take van load of essentials to migrant camp in Calais

Alastair Higginbottom is hoping to raise �2,500 help to buy essentials for the migrants in the camp in Calais

Alastair Higginbottom is hoping to raise �2,500 help to buy essentials for the migrants in the camp in Calais

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A man from Northampton and his father are planning to drive a van load of essential items to help migrants living in the camp in Calais.

Alastair Higginbottom, who works in the NHS sector, said he felt he needed to do something to help the migrants before the winter.

He said: “I feel this is the greatest shame of our time. We can’t continue to be bombarded with imagery of this suffering on our doorstep and I know didn’t try to help in some small way.

“We will fill a van full of essentials such as staple foods, water and water purification, blankets, toiletries and sanitary products, and nappies. This will be taken to Calais where we will link up with a local organisation that can distribute it to those who most need it. We will be guided by this organisation as to what specific items will be of greatest use to them.”

Mr Higginbottom said he was planning to make the trip at the end of October and, if it is successful, he would do the same to the camps in Italy or Greece before Christmas.

To donate to Mr Higginbottom’s website go to https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/alastair-higginbottom|Crowdfunding