More Exmouth volunteers flock to the Calais ‘jungle’

PUBLISHED: 12:30 11 January 2016

Tim Davies, Reverend Mike Martin and Jenna Burnett with some of the clothes donated in aid of the refugee crisis. Ref exe 6970-01-16AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Tim Davies, Reverend Mike Martin and Jenna Burnett with some of the clothes donated in aid of the refugee crisis. Ref exe 6970-01-16AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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A trio of kind-hearted Good Samaritans from Exmouth has become the latest to travel to the so-called ‘jungle’ in Calais to support refugees.

Jenna Burnett, 31, from Littleham, the Reverend Mike Martin and Tim Davies have gone out to the Calais Soup Kitchen Mission after collecting unwanted clothes from people across Exmouth.

Mike Martin, mum-of-two Jenna and Tim are all from Victoria Road Baptist Church.

Last month, John Plastow, of Brixington Community Church, and Peter Turner, of Littleham Parish Church, gave up Christmas with their families to set up the mission, which offers food and support to refugees living in the camp.

The soup kitchen serves between 100 and 120 people a day.

Jenna said she was pleased to help in any way she could. “I have always wanted to help in some way,” she said.

“I cannot help financially, so I thought I could help practically - it’s about a step-up in faith - and that is what we are doing.”

John and Peter had been due to return to Exmouth on January 18 but, despite a spate of break-ins and thefts, they are looking into the possibility of staying on.

Neil Collins, who has recently returned from helping out in Calais, said: “There have been four or five break-ins which, each time, have escalated from just stealing gas bottles to actual physical contact.

“On the other hand, John and Peter and the other volunteers have become a strong part of the community.

“There are regulars coming everyday and the kitchen has become a meeting place for people.”

A donation of £25 will feed 200 people with bread and hot soup. There are now an estimated 6,000 people in the ‘jungle’ at Calais.

Anyone interested in volunteering or donating money to the cause can email dave.calaissoupkitchen@gmail.com


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