South Tyneside musicians will fundraise for Calais

Musical duo: Emily Palmer-Giles and partner Bethan Carr-Brown
Musical duo: Emily Palmer-Giles and partner Bethan Carr-Brown

Two Tyneside musicians are using their musical talent to raise funds for the people of Calais.

Emily Palmer-Giles, 22, and partner Bethan Carr-Brown, 21, of Marshall Wallis Road, South Shields, have organised live-music event at The Mile on Saturday in aid of the North East Solidarity With Calais Refugees (NESWCR).

Kicking off from 1.30pm to 4.30pm the free family event will feature live music from Miss Palmer-Giles’ and Miss Carr-Brown’s band The Stealthy Rollers and from members of the Gilded Thieves.

The event hopes to raise as much as possible to provide aid such as hygiene packs for the refugees that are currently surviving in makeshift camps around Europe – primarily those in Calais.

“We are starting with Calais as it is the closest place we can get aid to the cheapest to help people,” Miss Palmer-Giles said.

“But we are also starting to expand and take it to other places as well.

“About 35 people have responded to the event on Facebook and we have also put posters around Shields so hopefully there will be a good turnout. A lot of the money will be used to take stuff over to Calais itself, as we need petrol for the vans carrying clothing and food to refugees.”

The event will also feature a raffle with a chance to win prizes including a family ticket to Disney on Ice, among many other prizes. This is alongside a kid’s tombola, face painting, and a bake sale.

There will also be an opportunity for people to write cards to lift spirits of refugees, and there will be a collection for physical donations of clothes, food and other items.