Dereham Neatherd High School

Dereham Neatherd High School

Traditional, Inclusive, Supportive

Refugee Appeal

Dear Parent/ Carer,

Many of you will have seen the horrific reports in the news concerning the situation in Syria and neighbouring countries. According to the Red Cross, fighting has forced about 12 million people to flee their homes. More than 200,000 have been killed, with many more injured or detained. Right now, millions of people are in urgent need of food, water, shelter and healthcare.

This huge humanitarian crisis, widely regarded as the largest since the Rwanda Genocide in 1994 shows no sign of ending. The British Red Cross is calling for more funds to support affected people in Syria and neighbouring countries. Every month it sends food, water, blankets, soap and other essential help to people caught up in Syria’s terrible conflict.

At the same time the situation in Calais is part of a wider migration crisis in Europe - caused largely by the displacement of people from war-torn countries such as Syria, but also Sudan, Afghanistan and Eritrea. Calaid is a group of volunteers collecting urgently needed donations for those living in the Calais refugee camps. See the list below for the items they need.

At Neatherd, we think it’s vitally important that our brilliant young people engage with these issues and help give aid if they can and if they think that it is the right thing to do. We will be having a special assembly on the crisis this Thursday and Friday and welcome donations for either cause from Friday this week. Students will be told where to take donations.

Thanking you for any support you can give at this time.

Mr N O’Brien

Assistant Headteacher (Behaviour, Safety and Safeguarding)

Appendix 1

Calaid Collection

What we BADLY need:
SHOES: trainers or hiking shoes size 41-46
TENTS, COVERS, TARPAULIN
JACKETS: size SMALL and MEDIUM only
TRAVELLING BAGS
SOCKS
CANDLES or other lighting implements
BELTS

What we ALWAYS need:
Tracksuit trousers
Jeans size 28-32
Blankets
Sleeping bags
Soap
Shampoo
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Plastic bags
Woolly hats
Pants
Pots
Pans