Volunteers step up for refugees

Smiles all round for the refugees who arrived from Calais. Pictured are Mustafa (12) and Sarah (15) with their mother Nora, their grandmother Loma, and Ros Petherick

British volunteers have transformed the lives of eight refugee families sent to Mont­bron in Charente from the Calais camp just before it was dismantled. They had felt lost as they spoke English but did not understand French.

Ros Petherick, who runs a group collecting clothes and other items to send to the camps, was contacted by Médecins Sans Frontières of Calais to see if she could help.
She said: “I didn’t know what to expect, but, they are ordinary people, facing the same problems as everyone else.
“They worry about making ends meet, they want to work and be independent, they have strong family ...

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