Clothes For Calais Appeal

At the Clarendon Team council meeting two weeks ago, David Perry, the Team Curate said that he would send out the details for the charity collecting clothes for refugees in Calais. Here it is.

His intention is to drive all the donated clothes to Calais in a van.

If you feel able to donate then please do bring your clothes in a labelled bag and leave it in church in Pitton or Farley.
The following are all needed:

Thin socks
Men’s underwear (boxers, only new please – small, medium and large)
Sleeping bags and blankets
Trainers and walking shoes (sizes 40-43)
Jogging bottoms (sizes small and medium)
Rain ponchos


Boots (sizes 40-43)
Waterproof and non-waterproof jackets (small and medium)
Warm winter hats
Gloves (not mittens)
Small backpacks/ drawstring bags
Roll mats
Jumpers and hoodies (small and medium)
Belts (men’s)
Men’s skinny jeans (small and medium)
Emergency foil blankets


Men’s disposable razors
Lip balm
Packs of tissues
Toilet paper
Wet wipes
Spray deodorant (men’s)
Shaving foam
Hand sanitiser
Hair oil
Talcum powder
Nappies (all sizes)

Disposable cups (for distributing hot drinks)
French Lyca SIM cards
UK to EU adaptors (to use UK chargers in France)
Non-English language based board games for Refugee Youth Service (i.e chess, draughts, playing cards, footballs, cricket bats, tennis balls)
Bin bags
Pop-up gazebo (but NO poles)


Men’s clothing: Extra large, knitted, ski clothing, camouflage, items containing symbols that are satanic, religious, or about sex/drugs/alcohol, very bright or fluorescent clothing.

Generally, darker colours are preferable.

Shoes: Only sturdy boots, waterproof boots and trainers. We are not taking wellies or office shoes.

Blankets: Blankets have to be large enough to cover a full-grown man. Blankets that are any smaller cannot be distributed.


Please see our friends at Refugee Community Kitchen’s needs list for the full list of most food items.

Women’s and Children’s Clothing

Please see our friends at The Refugee Women’s Center’s needs list for an up to date list on which items they currently need.

Warehouse and Office Needs:

Strong eco-friendly/biodegradable bin bags
Orange tape
Brown parcel tape
Permanent markers

Please note that your donations MUST be sorted – if any items are damaged, soiled or inappropriate for distribution, they will create an enormous amount of waste, which delays vital aid reaching the refugees. To efficiently sort your donations, please separate them into type eg blankets separate from clothing. Clothing and shoes will need to be separated (and then packed and accordingly labelled) by gender, size and type. For instance men’s M jumpers separate from the S. Women’s size 39 boots separate from women’s size 40 trainers, waterproof coats, separate from non-waterproof coats.

This saves the incredibly hard-working warehouse volunteers so much time and allows us to get the donations to the refugees considerably more quickly and more efficiently. We are currently sufficiently stocked up for quite some time with women and children’s items, except for the items mentioned in the priority list. If you need more guidelines on how to sort, please email our Calais Donations Coordinator and they will be happy to help.

If you would prefer to make a donation, please use our BT fundraiser page.

If you wish to send Emergency Supplies by post, please consider our Amazon wishlist or our wishlist at, where we have secured a generous 20% discount and fast postage with the distributor, who sends them directly to us as soon as possible!


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