We have received this urgent appeal from our Area Dean. Our response is being co-ordinated by Elaine Colbon and Catherine Tugnait. The topic of Asylum Seekers raises mixed emotions, so please read this personal perspective on the subject.
Help for asylum seekers
Two large groups of asylum seekers are being provided with 'long term temporary' accommodation in hotels in the borough and are in need of practical help. The pandemic has prevented them being moved to Home Office accommodation around the country.
Around 500 are in a hotel near Heathrow and another 300 are in a hotel in Hayes.
The most pressing need is for warm clothing, as many of them have nothing but the clothes that they arrived in over the summer (in some cases a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops). Many are single men (who are starting to be moved on) but there are also women and young children. Please label clearly any bags of clothes you donate - for example, “Women’s jumpers, medium” or “Men’s trousers 32W, 34L.”
There are also some food needs as there have been some issues with the quantity/suitability of the food provided in their accommodation, but they only have the use of kettles in their rooms.
On their behalf, we are collecting:
Men's hoodies - medium and large
Men's trousers, long-legged - preferably waist size 30 to 32, ideally jogging bottoms or jeans
Male/female warm jackets/winter coats
Waterproof shoes/trainers: men's size 8-11, women's size 4-9
Children's hats and gloves
Long life milk
Sweets (NB no gelatin please, so for example no Haribo)
Please leave your donations in church, under the bread cupboard.