Along with so many of us, I’ve been extremely heartbroken by the migrant and refugee crisis here in Europe over the last 18 months. Whilst I haven’t been able to volunteer my time in a hands-on way like my little sister has, I’ve been trying to do my bit in other ways. Every time Caz comes back from Calais (where she sorts out donations and makes food on the weekend), she has more stories that give me goosebumps.
Most of the refugees she meets there are educated, middle-class and intelligent, and she has interesting conversation and jokey interactions with them – amazing when you consider all they have been through. Most have lost friends and family, their homes, their jobs and are now sleeping rough in freezing cold Europe whilst trying to keep the faith that their future involves a life that can be rebuilt. They still give each other weekly haircuts at the refugee camp and shave their facial hair daily in order to maintain a sense of dignity.
If you have the time and inclination, here are three easy ways you can do your bit to support these vulnerable and displaced men and women and give them just a little bit of hope that the future could be a bright one.
- Buy one of these ace jumpers or t-shirts for you or a loved one:
All proceeds go to the charity Help Refugees.