Grantham church collects items to help Calais migrants

St Wulfram's Church.
St Wulfram's Church.
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St Wulfram’s Church has announced it is supporting a new group by becoming a drop-off point for donations to help migrants in Calais.

The church is supporting Calais - People to People Solidarity – Grantham, a new group set up in the town to support the increasing number of migrants coming to Europe and making their way to Calais from Syria and other countries.

Rector of Grantham Fr Stuart Cradduck said: “In recognising the plight of the people who endanger themselves to seek a better life is to see humanity trying to better itself, a goal which we all wish to succeed in. Some over the last few days have said that we should focus on the problems we already have and those in need around us before we look to help others. My response to this is simple; who are we to weigh in the balance the life of one person against another?”

Fr Stuart added: “The many many problems of our country and world need to be faced and surely showing some sort of compassion and empathy with the plight of the thousands coming to Europe is to begin to recognise the plight of all people in need.”

The group is looking for a wide range of donations. These include hygiene items such as toothbrushes and toothpaste and First Aid kits, and non-perishable food items such as tinned meat, fish and vegetables, water, milk, tea, coffee and sugar. Donations can also include household goods including cooking utensils, books, toys, tools, wind-up torhces and wood for building and fires.

St Wulfram’s Church is open 9am to 4pm from Monday to Saturday, and 8am to noon and 4pm to 7.30pm on Sundays.