I have been humbled by my experiences in Calais

I have been humbled by my experiences in Calais

I made the decision to volunteer after a conversation with my daughter about doing something positive whenever we can. It struck me that it might be time to practice what I preach! One week after returning from Calais, I am still processing it all.

Living in tents, under bushes, by the side of roads with the most basic of provisions, the plight of refugees in Calais has not gone away.

I had the privilege of meeting and talking to people from all over the world, each with a story of horror but also of human resilience and strength. I played football and cricket, sat and had a cup of tea, drew pictures and even attempted to dance! I listened as a man cried as he told me he had not seen his children in three years. I reflected on how lucky I am as a 15 year old told me that he just can’t wait to be able to shower every day because he is tired of not being able to be clean. I watched in admiration as volunteers gave care and first aid to treat injuries.

I have discovered that people who volunteer with Care4Calais come from all walks of life and have a variety of skills and experiences but what really matters most is that they care. I have been humbled by my experiences in Calais and I have learnt how important it is to care. Thank you for having me.

For more information go to https://care4calais.org/get-involved/

About Care4Calais

Care4Calais was founded by a group of volunteers with the sole aim of supporting the people of the Calais refugee camps, providing fresh meals, warm clothing, heating and important legal and medical support.

We are not politicians – we are people like you who simply believe that every human has the right to be treated in a fair and dignified way.

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