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Redbridge families do their bit to help refugees in Calais

PUBLISHED: 07:12 15 September 2015 | UPDATED: 14:29 15 September 2015

Migrants camp in squalid conditions on a dusty site dubbed "The Jungle II" in Calais, France, as the migrant crisis across Europe continues to escalate. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA

Migrants camp in squalid conditions on a dusty site dubbed "The Jungle II" in Calais, France, as the migrant crisis across Europe continues to escalate. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA

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More families in the borough are doing their bit to help refugees in Calais.

East London Three Faiths Forum celebrating their 10th anniversary.-Lord Carey with Executive committee - Qadir Bakhsh MBE, Khola Hasan, Rev Ian Tarrant, Lord Carey, Father Francis Coveney, Rabbi David Hulbert and Sharon LawEast London Three Faiths Forum celebrating their 10th anniversary.-Lord Carey with Executive committee - Qadir Bakhsh MBE, Khola Hasan, Rev Ian Tarrant, Lord Carey, Father Francis Coveney, Rabbi David Hulbert and Sharon Law

Of those preparing to set off to France with food, blankets and bare essentials is East London Three Faiths Forum executive member and former Clayhall resident Khola Hasan.

The group raised more than £300 in the space of a few minutes last week at a group meeting.

Khola, who will be joined by her children, is planning to take donated supplies and money to Calais in November.

“I want my children to see what the reality is and how much we waste here,” she said.

From left to right: Ra'ed Khan, Kyrone Collins, Adeel Ahmad, Frederick OtoteFrom left to right: Ra'ed Khan, Kyrone Collins, Adeel Ahmad, Frederick Otote

“It’s harrowing – I just felt as a human being to send a cheque is easy but to serve people is a hands on experience – I just wanted to see it for myself.”

She said the borough’s different faith communities had responded with “real compassion”.

“People are really motivated,” she said.

Also planning to help refugees in Calais is Ra’ed Khan, 28, of Royston Gardens, Redbridge, his sister Rabania Khan, 31, and her husband Tanzeel Ayub.

Tanzeel Ayub and Rabania Khan, 31Tanzeel Ayub and Rabania Khan, 31

Journalist Ra’ed, who plans to travel on Saturday, September 26, has already collected more than £2,000 to help those living in campsites, along with clothes, toys and basic toiletries.

Ra’ed said it was the “human thing to do” after shocking pictures showing the body of a Syrian toddler washed up on a Greek beach made headlines around the world.

“The amount we’ve raised has doubled – we’ve had an incredible response,” he said.

“I thought it would be a massive push, but it’s been great – it’s nice to see that British people care about things like this.”

He added: “Seeing the body of the child – it really touched my heart. I couldn’t sit here and do nothing.”

To help Ra’ed on his trip visit gofundme.com/roadtocalais

And to help Khola email khola_hasan@hotmail.co.uk

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