A grassroots initiative to help refugees in the jungle in Calais is appealing for clothes and supplies for donation today, Saturday, May 14.

The Clothes for Calais group was set up by Balham and Tooting residents to help with the crisis on the continent.

In January, they sent a huge haul of clothes, shoes and supplies like blankets, to Calais and the team is collecting again today to get more vital goods to those in need.

January 19: "Fantastic" community response to plea for clothes and shoes for refugees

Tooting parent Jane Briginshaw, one of the organisers, said: "When we did a collection earlier this year, the response from the community was incredible.

"There still are thousands of refugees in desperate need of everyday items, stuck in appalling conditions, just 50 miles away across the channel. It might be Spring, but it’s freezing if you’re sleeping in a tent pitched in mud in northern France.

"We want those living there to know that, while our governments turn their backs, ordinary people here haven’t forgotten them. We hope local residents will be just as generous this time round."

Donations are being collected from ReStore Base Community Centre, Larch Close, Balham between 10am and 4pm. 

What's needed: 

  • Hats, gloves (men's)
  • Men's hoodies or jumpers
  • Men's joggers
  • Men's socks and underpants
  • Trainers, size 38-45
  • Sleeping bag, tents, tarpaulins
  • Blankets

Take donations to the centre before 4pm today for donation to the site in Calais tomorrow (Sunday).