In 2015 the people of Cambridge stepped up to help refugees from Syria, Sudan, Eritrea and other war torn countries. CamCRAG was set up in September and since then many people have helped by volunteering to go on convoys to Calais, by giving money, and by fundraising to support the ongoing work.
As well as a comedy night at the Portland Arms and a jumble sale which together raised £1,600, supporters have organised jam sales, speaker evenings, gigs, stalls and fundraising Christmas cards and we have had two online appeals. We have received more than £4,500 in donations from the amazingly generous people of Cambridgeshire.
So how has this money been spent? £4,500 has been spent on building materials for shelters at the camp in Calais as well as lanterns, generators, sleeping bags and tents – this includes £2,500 which was administered by the French charity L’auberge des Migrants. £1,500 was spent on ferry tickets, fuel and others costs associated with five convoys with more than 60 volunteers. And £80 was spent on administrative costs.