“Somebody has to do something” urges Warboys father who set up refugee action group

Sean Dennis, from Warboys, is collecting for refugees.

Sean Dennis, from Warboys, is collecting for refugees. - Credit: Archant

A business owner has launched his own campaign to send a mountain of supplies to refugees stuck in Calais.

Sean Dennis, from Station Road, Warboys has set out to fill two large vans with donations to help those that are living in camps around the French port.

“I firstly saw what other people were doing on social media and I thought that I was able to do it, I have a van so I wanted to get involved,” added Sean.

After coming across the Ely Calais Refugee Action group who are looking to send supplies to Calais, Sean decided that there was more help that could be given in Warboys.

“I saw that there was a potential for the village to help as Ely is a bit further a field.

“We don’t want stuff that people that people want to get rid of as there is a list that CalAid has published to show what they want.”

The refugee support charity CalAid has put out a long list of items that they would like to collect including training and walking shoes, tents, covers and tarpaulins, pots and pans and toiletries.

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“The charity is also specifically asking for men’s clothes as they seem to have had a huge supply of women’s and children’s clothes already,” added Sean.

After launching his campaign last week the managing director has been surprised with how much support he has already received.

“My friend saw what I was doing and has now joined me, I was also contacted by a man from Derbyshire who has since taken it upon himself to set up his own campaign.

“Somebody has to do something - even if we take a little bit it can make a big impact.”

However many more items are still needed in order to fill the vans before Sean and his friend take part in a convoy to the CalAid headquarters in London along with the team from Derbyshire and the Ely Calais Refugee Action group on September 20.

If you would like to donate to Warboys Refugee Aid then contact Sean on 07841 619022 or to find out more go to /www.facebook.com/groups/533777393441623/