Having sadly watched the refugee and asylum seekers crisis unfold across Europe, a group from the Mother of God Parish in Sheffield have decided that they do not want to sit silently by without trying to help in some way.

Delia Kay, Helen Desforges and Pat Battams take up the story:

“We have discovered a group of people in Kent called ‘Seeking Sanctuary’ who are sending clothes, soap, towels etc to the migrants currently stranded in Calais. They are working closely with ‘Secours Catholique’ based in Calais and are asking for donations of things, not money, that will improve the living conditions for the migrants based in the camp at Calais called ‘The Jungle’. Unfortunately, they cannot collect donations from around the country, so they have suggested that people living further away from Kent can order things like jeans and trainers online for delivery direct to their warehouse in Kent. They can then be sent by van across the Channel for Secours Catholique to distribute.”

If you would like to send a new pair of jeans or trainers, they need 32 and 34 inch waist jeans and the following address is where they are to be delivered: 95, College Rd, Deal, Kent, CT14 6BU.

If you would like to find out more about ‘Seeking Sanctuary’ their website address is: www.seekingsanctuary.weebly.com.

To help asylum seekers locally, get in touch with Assist in Sheffield, tel: 2754960. They are based on Chapel Walk, Sheffield, opposite the back entrance to M&S.

Finally, maybe you could write a letter to Cardinal Vincent Nichols and ask that as leader of the Catholic Church in our country, he responds more assertively to the whole migrant crisis unfolding in Europe. Pope Francis has said, “A change of attitude towards migrants and refugees is needed on the part of everyone, moving away from attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalisation – all typical of a throwaway culture – towards attitudes based on a culture of encounter.”