Wisbech woman’s campaign to help migrant crisis
A Wisbech woman has launched an appeal to make a difference to migrants who are living in “heart-breaking” conditions in make-do camps.
Melanie Steele has formed the Boxes of Delights campaign after visiting a migrant camp in Dunkirk, France.
Mrs Steele wants to hand out plastic lunchboxes filled with food and toiletries when she returns to France on Friday, November 20, with friends Emma Witt and Aimee Fitzsimmons.
She is appealing for donations of food and other items along with asking businesses to act as collection points.
Europe is seeing the biggest movement of people since the Second World War.
During the last year more than 650,000 migrants are estimated to have arrived by sea in Europe. Many are escaping the conflict in Syria for the hopes of a better life in Europe.
Mrs Steele said: “It just broke my heart when I saw pictures of that tiny boy washed up in the sea.
“People are living in heart-breaking conditions. They are pitching tents on mud so all the water is just sinking through.
“I gave a packet of sanitary towels, a tin of baked beans and a carton of UHT milk to one woman and she was just crying.
“It was heart-breaking and I want to do something more to help.”
In September Mrs Steele and a friend handed out items to a camp in Dunkirk after 800 people arrived.
She has launched the Box of Delights appeal on Facebook.
She is looking for donations of plastic lunchboxes along with razors, tooth brushes, tooth paste, shaving cream and soap.
Mrs Steele is also appealing for cartons of long life milk, packets of biscuits, variety packets of cereal along with tins of tuna and canned fruit. All tins must have ring pulls.
Mrs Steele said: “I would be grateful for anything anyone can give.
“At the end of the day, these are human beings.”
She is also hoping to raise £200 to go towards the costs of the trip. To support go to: gofundme.com/cs5va3ca
Go to: www.facebook.com/boxesofdelightsforrefugees
Or email Mrs Steele on: firstname.lastname@example.org>