Ashton Cadet Leader On a Mission to Help Refugees
Wednesday 23rd September 2015 13:44 Ashton News Posted by Tom Greggan

Tameside Army Cadet Wayne Harrison is raising funds to travel to Calais so he can volunteer in a refugee camp.

The 28-year-old was so moved by images he has seen on the news and Facebook of the migrant crisis, he decided to take action himself.

“I just think there’s so many people across Europe that need help but they’re not getting the help they need,” said Wayne, who has been a cadet since he was 12.

“I’m not interested in the politics of who does want to help and who doesn’t want to help.”

“It’s just seeing the pictures of people who just have a couple of pallets and a piece of tarpaulin for a house. I think I can go over and really help them. Even if it’s just helping to build a shelter, giving out food, things like that.”

Wayne, who lives on Cavendish Street in Ashton, plans to spend two weeks in November at the Jungle refugee camp in Calais. The camp was set up in April after the previous ‘Jungle camp’ was demolished. It has a day centre that provides shower facilities and offers migrants one meal a day. However, aid workers say they are being overwhelmed by the numbers of people coming.

Wayne said: “At first I just had the idea of raising money so send over there but then I realised I’ve got the time to actually go. So I got in touch with a couple of charities in France and on Facebook.

“I’ve met a couple of people who’ve been before, got a few ideas off them about what sort of things are needed over there.

“I plan to raise the money and then closer to the time, buy what’s needed before I go over.”

Wayne is looking to raise £5,000, with anything he doesn’t spend on supplies being donated to refugee charities. He’s about a fifth of the way to reaching his target.

“The Army Cadet Force have they’ve supported me quite a bit,” he said.

“I’ve had massive amounts of donations off them and with friends and family I’ve had about £1000 up to now.”

If you’d like to donate to Wayne’s fund or find out more about his efforts, visit http://www.gofundme.com/wayne2calais.