South Tynesiders urged to do their bit for Calais refugees

businessman Shah Lalon Amin is organising an aid convoy to help refugees.
businessman Shah Lalon Amin is organising an aid convoy to help refugees.
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South Tynesiders who want to offer support to refugees living in a makeshift camp in a French port have their chance this weekend.

Borough businessman Shah Lalon Amin is organising an aid convoy to help refugees queuing up in Calais to reach Britain.

It comes just weeks after he helped establish the North East Solidarity for Calais Refugees.

People in the region have responded magnificently to the plea for help by donating time, storage space, clothes, tents, toiletries and much more.

Today and tomorrow, from 11am to 5pm on both days, volunteers are invited to the Al Azhar Mosque at Laygate, South Shields, to help sort and pack the goods in preparation for transportation to Calais next Friday.

Lalon, from the Lawe Top, South Shields, said: “We are calling for volunteers to come along on a drop-in basis to help us sort and pack up ready for our first aid trip to Calais and for subsequent trips there and to other areas in crisis.”