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BCBC Tenant Set for Charity Convoy

The boss of a tenant at the Chamber's Brian Clough Business Centre, in Derby, is gearing up to travel to Calais to deliver goods to asylum seekers living in a makeshift camp near to the Euro Tunnel.

The Convoy to Calais is being organised by the Halimah Trust, a charity set up by Gift Wellness founder Zareen Ahmed, following the sudden death of her daughter, aged 19, in 2008.

The convoy will include volunteers from Birmingham and Grimsby and so far it is estimated that more than ten vehicles will be involved when it leaves on September 26.

The Chamber has provided support to the initiative by providing storage space for donated supplies at the Brian Clough Business Centre.

Zareen said: "We launched the initiative on 4 September and by the following afternoon, people from all over the country wanted to get involved. The support has been absolutely overwhelming and it just goes to show how passionately people feel about this issue.

"The main aim of the convoy is to provide urgent aid to the refugees in Calais. However, the Halimah Trust hopes that this initiative will send a strong message to the Government to work with their EU partners to address the plight of refugees.

"The swell of compassion shown from all over the country regarding this issue cannot be ignored. We see this as an opportunity to demonstrate the British values of kindness, compassion and generosity that make this country a place where people are proud to live."

To donate items such as food, warm clothing and blankets for the Convoy to Calais call the Halimah Trust on 07772 415686.