Exmouth mum brought to tears by refugee suffering sets up new charity clothes collection

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 January 2016 | UPDATED: 17:22 21 January 2016

Jenna and Tim helping out at the 40-day Soup Kitchen Mission

Jenna and Tim helping out at the 40-day Soup Kitchen Mission


An Exmouth mum, brought to tears by the suffering of refugee children in the Calais ‘Jungle’, has set up a clothes donation scheme to help those in need.

Jenna with a refugee child in CalaisJenna with a refugee child in Calais

Mum-of-two Jenna Burnett, 31, from Littleham, recently returned from Calais with fellow volunteers the Reverend Mike Martin, of Exmouth Baptist Church, and Tim Davies. The trio went to volunteer in the French town, where around 8,000 refugees are living while they wait to be granted asylum in the UK.

They took bags of unwanted clothes, which had been donated by people across Exmouth.

Jenna, Mike and Tim also helped out at the 40-day Soup Kitchen Mission run by John Plastow, of Brixington Community Church, and Peter Turner, of Littleham Parish Church.

Jenna has now set up Jungle Boots and Coats, which aims to collect unwanted footwear and jackets.

She said the experience in Calais was a ‘rollercoaster ride’ and is looking to continue to help in any way she can.

Jenna said: “It was an experience. Every time I saw a child, I just cried. To see them living in those conditions, as a mum myself, was very hard.

“Being able to distribute clothes to those who needed them was a positive. It’s a very overwhelming situation. Since I have come back, I have set up Jungle Boots and Coats, as that is the biggest need for those living there.

“My aim is to fill as many bags as possible with unwanted boots and coats and distribute them to those who need it in the Jungle.”

There will be clothes collection points set up at Tesco in Salterton Road, at the tennis centre in Withycombe and at Exmouth Community College.

Anyone interested in volunteering at the soup kitchen or donating money towards it can email dave.calaissoupkitchen@gmail.com

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