In September this year the Hereford Times ran an online poll asking whether Herefordshire Council should accept 10 refugee families.
The result of the poll and the comments that were left on the Times’ website and Facebook page were truly depressing. They painted a picture of a county full of misinformed bigots with no sympathy for those far worse off than themselves. Many comments were racist and offensive, most were removed. The result of the poll was overwhelmingly against helping the refugees.
Three months on and the picture couldn’t be more different. Many grass roots organisations across the county are now working directly with those 6000 desperate people who are stuck in Calais. Our faith in people has been restored.
Groups are now working in Ross, Ledbury, Leominster, Bromyard and Hereford offering practical support and assistance. The collection of food, clothing and other essentials are being collected and taken directly to France. Ross for Refugees has even assisted in the construction of a school for those children currently living in Calais.
But with cold weather fast approaching the need has never been greater to get involved or help in any way possible.
Please find below links to groups who are helping the refugees. Please contact them to find out what donations they are accepting –
Priory Church Leominster 01568 610785 or text 07790 762138
Please comment below if you know of other groups accepting donations.