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Midlands Sikh society prepares aid for Calais migrants

A Midlands-based Sikh organisation is preparing to take aid to migrants living in makeshift camps in Calais

While attention has turned in recent weeks to the flow of people entering the EU through Hungary, there are still thousands of people sleeping rough in Calais waiting to cross the Channel to Britain.

Aid volunteers here say those in the camps are desperate for help, and are asking for donations to take with them this weekend. Chris Halpin reports.

Midland Sikh society's appeal for Calais migrant crisis

Packing taking place in Walsall this morning. Credit: ITV News Central

A Walsall based Sikh organisation is packing up supplies of food, drink, sleeping bags and medical aid to take to migrants in Calais.

The Midland Langar Seva society organises hunger relief efforts all over the world. This is their second trip to France in a fortnight.

The volunteers will also offer food to migrants in Calais.

Twelve places across the East and West Midlands have drop off points for people wanting to donate.

  • Baba Deep Singh Shaheed Gurdwarda, Birmingham
  • Gurdwara Guru Hargobind Sahib, Dudley
  • Gurpal Oppal Solicitors, Smethwick
  • Guru Nanak Parkash Gurdwara, Coventry
  • Ramgarhia Gurdwara, Coventry
  • Guru Hargobind Sahib Ji, Coventry
  • Guru Panth Parkash, Leicester
  • Respect Fitness, Oadby, Leicester
  • Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Northampton
  • Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Walsall
  • Darbar Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Gurdwara, Walsall
  • Sarbloh Gym, Guru Nanak Gurdwara, Wolverhampton


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