October 26th, 2016

Donations needed for pair hoping to help refugees

Donations needed for pair hoping to help refugees Donations needed for pair hoping to help refugees

A MIDWIFE and nurse will be putting their medical skills to good use by helping refugees in Calais and Dunkirk.

Anna Leeksma and Lianne Kirkman will be heading out to refugee camps at the end of February to support families in need.

Anna, who is a midwife and owner of the Cotton Nappy Company in Leamington, is collecting donations at her shop in Russell Street, which the pair will take with them on their three-day trip.

Joining her will be 41-year-old nurse and mum-of-two Lianne, who also runs local homeless charity Helping Hands.

The pair are self-funding their trip, which they will make in a van so they can fill the vehicle with donations for the refugees.

Mum-of-four Anna, 36, said: “There are families and young people living in fields of mud with no or minimal basic amenities just 22 miles from the UK border.

“Just because it is not happening here doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.

“We will be joining a team of medics who have all offered their time and experience to help these desperate, traumatised families in need within the camps.

“We are fortunate to have a van and will be filling it to the brim with donations.”

The pair are looking for donations of warm clothing and sleeping bags along with medical and baby supplies to help those in the camps.

There is also a donations page where people can help buy items needed in the camps.

Visit www.gofundme.com/CalaisRefugeeTrip to find out more.