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POLIS Christmas Collection 2015

last modified Nov 23, 2015 01:46 PM

POLIS Charity Christmas Collections

During the year, POLIS staff organise a number of charitable activities such as the Macmillan Coffee morning and Comic Relief. This Christmas, we are asking for donations of clothes and practical items for CalAid, a charity which supports the refugees currently living in the refugee camps in Calais. 

During Michaelmas term, volunteers from POLIS (students and staff) have made weekend trips to Calais to take donated items and provide practical assistance in the refugee camps, as part of CUCRAG (Cambridge University Calais Refugee Action Group). There are approximately 6000 refugees living in the makeshift camp, relying on charitable donations, and conditions are deteriorating as winter sets in. 


CUCRAG team sorting donations in Calais


There are particular items which are desperately needed in Calais, so if you are able to help, we are asking for these to be left under the Christmas tree in the Atrium of the Alison Richard Building, anytime up to Christmas.CalAid logo

  • shoes (trainers/hiking shoes, sizes 41-46)
  • tents/covers/tarpaulins, sleeping bags, blankets
  • jackets (sizes small and medium - preferably black)
  • travelling bags
  • socks, belts, underwear, woolly hats
  • tracksuit trouses, jeans (sizes 28-32)
  • soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste
  • candles/other lighting implements
  • pots and pans
  • plastic bags

At the moment, women's and children's clothes, sheets and pillows, suits, jumpers and wellingtons are not needed.

All the items which are donated will be taken over to Calais by the next group of volunteers. If you would like to be more involved, or find out more please contact Lydia Mizon in the POLIS office

Thank you for your support


Last year POLIS collected donations in kind for Jimmy's Night Shelter in Cambridge. To read more click here