Despite the difficulty of doing anything as a collective group this year, students, staff and parents at Brighouse Sixth Form has been busy collecting clothes, sleeping bags, tents and warm coats to send to Calais. Over 65 students, teachers and friends contributed and a van was filled to the brim with donations, helped by the students drumming up support via their own Instagram accounts.
Last weekend Nancy, one of the staff members, and her daughter set off for Calais in the van, only to be forced to turn around at 5pm on Sunday when they got to Peterborough, because of the travel restrictions imposed at the last minute due to the new variant of covid.
Nancy said “I’ve done 5 collections before and this was honestly the biggest ever. People have been donating from all over. The van was RAMMED. I’m so proud of them – it’s been pretty overwhelming and emotional actually”
For now, the loaded van is back at Brighouse Sixth Form, but Nancy and the team there are making plans to take it to France as soon as restrictions are lifted.
If you would like to make a donation of clothes or a coat for care4calais, or give £20 for us to buy a coat for someone in Calais, please visit our site: https://care4calais.org/coats4calais/