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PHOTOS: Cornwall calls for aid as refugees freeze

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 5:09pm 23rd February 2018. (Updated at 7:34am 25th February 2018)

A Cornish refugee aid charity is urging people to give donations as those in French camps face freezing conditions.

The Wadebridge Cornish Refugee Aid Project has been operating since 2016, following the drowning of three year old Alan Kurd, the little boy whose pictures took hold of international media and sparked major humanitarian campaigns.

Now they want to get aid to those caught in poor conditions across the Channel.

Founder Amanda Pennington is pushing for more help - and says anything not needed will go to the homeless in Cornwall.

wadebridge refugee group

She said: "We are sending a van of aid to northern France next weekend.

"The temperatures there at night at the moment are below minus three degrees celcius and people are freezing.

"I believe there have been some who have been admitted to hospital, especially in the Paris area where there are more children.

"However, it's really important that we don't forget people are sleeping on the streets of the UK as well - so anything that we can't use here, that we aren't sending to France, we do give to St Petrocs to give to the homeless people in Cornwall too."

What they are looking for:

  • Torches
  • AAA batteries
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Blankets
  • Tarpaulin (minimum 2.5m x 2.5m)
  • Waterproofs
  • Hooded ponchos
  • Winter Jackets
  • Tents
  • Small camping stoves & gas
  • Mobile phones
  • Phone charging cables (Micro-USB for Android phones) Power banks Rucksacks Wooly Hats Gloves Scarves Underpants Socks Camping kettles Umbrellas

Food items:

  • Nuts
  • Dried fruit
  • Dates
  • Sunflower seeds (salted in shells)
  • Cereal bars
  • Biscuits
  • Cake
  • Sugar
  • Tea
  • Sunflower oil
  • Tinned fish
  • Energy bars

So why get involved?

Amanda said: "We're so lucky here that we are in a situation where most of us have got a roof over our head and we aren't being bombed and being displaced.

"We all just have to take a step back and take a moment to think about what we have.

"If we have anything that we have that we can share with those less fortunate, then please do get something to one of our donations points as soon as possible."

A jumble sale is also being held at the The John Betjeman Centre on 3rd March, between 10am and 2pm in a bid to raise money.

The group are also going to be collecting alongside Open Hearts Open Boarders for a container of aid going to Greece in June.

She added: "I think that the refugee crisis has been out of the news recently, but with the very cold weather, people are seeing photographs of babies buggies being parked outside in the frost at night, sheltering under tarpaulin.

"It is bringing it home to people and there is something we can do about it.

"We are a small, grassroots organisation - we have no overheads, nobody gets paid for doing this and we are all volunteers.

"We'd just like anybody who wants to help to get a donation to us or get in touch and come and help us at the sorting centre in Wadebridge at the Royal Cornwall Showground."

Here's where you can drop donations:

wadebridge refugee group

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