Thursday 29 September 2016

Glastonbury wellies donated to Calais migrants

Published 28/08/2015 | 18:53

Wellies discarded by Glastonbury revellers are going to migrants in Calais
Wellies discarded by Glastonbury revellers are going to migrants in Calais

More than 500 pairs of wellington boots discarded by revellers at the Glastonbury Festival have been donated to migrants in Calais.

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The wellies, as well as 2,000 unused ponchos and some first aid kits, were taken from Somerset to a camp at the French port, known as the Jungle.

The boots were meticulously sized, paired and quality controlled by a group of volunteers at the world famous festival, which is attended by 135,000 ticket holders.

The redistribution plan was the idea of Glastonbury's Liz Clegg, who recently helped distribute them in conjunction with Association Salam, a French charity that distributes clothes and food to the migrants.

A Glastonbury spokesman said: "While she was in Calais, Liz became aware that there is a massive issue at the jungle with rubbish collection and recycling.

"A team organised by the Calais Migrant Solidarity Facebook group is now travelling from the UK to instigate a system to enable the residents of the camp to manage the rubbish, and the Festival has donated bin bags to assist with this effort.

"The migrants in Calais are living in desperate conditions, and we're very pleased to be able to help support their basic humanitarian needs."

Once the five-day music festival finishes a massive clean-up operation gets under way to turn the 1,000 acre site back to farmland.

Tents, clothes and other camping equipment is abandoned and requires a team of around 800 litter-pickers to clean up the fields of Worthy Farm.

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