We're raising money to get books for a makeshift library in the Calais refugee camp (known as The Jungle), set up by teacher Mary Jones. Read about it HERE.
OK, are you all up to speed now? Excellent.
Today, I had the pleasure of speaking to Mary (who's been so busy in the last week, that she only found out about what we were doing this morning!) on the telephone.
|A telephone, earlier today.|
She was absolutely rushed off her feet, and during the fifteen minute conversation we had, it was apparent that her role in the camp was so much more than 'simply' looking after the Library. She'd just received a delivery of donated shoes and was sorting out who in the camp needed them (it seemed that a large number of the donations the camp received, books or otherwise, were delivered to her).
She wanted to say how incredibly grateful she was for the response for her "more books for the library" plea.
She has been overwhelmed.
|Jungle Books Library, earlier today.|
PLEASE DON'T SEND ANY MORE BOOKS!
If you've already sent them to us, or if they are in the post already, that is brilliant. THANK YOU.
But if you were planning on dropping off any more books for us to get to the library, please hold off.
At the moment, the stuff we have and the books we are going to order especially for those people at the camp are more than enough.
However, Mary did say...
PLEASE SEND MORE DONATIONS (IF YOU CAN).
These donations will go towards restocking the shelves at the library, as the books that we donate will be given to those people in the camp (we're not expecting the books to be returned to the library). This is a longer term plan than but we want to try and sustain the library for as long as possible.
It looks like we'll be delivering the books to Calais ourselves, and we'll also be putting a video together of the trip there.
|A map, earlier today.|
We've (nearly) managed to persuade a company to let us have a free van for a couple of days, and it also looks like we'll be able to borrow a camera from the Broadcasting Company whose license fee is worth every penny.
Anyway, more of that next time.
Thanks for your continued support for this.