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MRS - Woodyard

After much planning and anticipation we are extremely excited to announce the official launch of the MRS Woodyard.

Every winter as temperatures plummet, the need for fires become so much greater yet firewood becomes so much harder to gather and acquire. Many are forced to resort to burning plastics or often old clothes, resulting of course in toxic fumes constantly blowing through the camp.

Over the 5 years we have been operating it has been a reoccurring discussion each year as to whether we have the capacity to provide firewood to the community we support and care about so much. Now, with the space and facilities offered by our warehouse we can process and store huge amounts of wood.

In November this discussion begun once again. Just days later we found the perfect person for the job.

This project will be led and carried out by one of north France’s most committed aid workers, Geoff Motyer. Geoff, who worked back in the large Calais ‘Jungle’ back in 2015/16 has vast experience working with these communities and the ideal skill set to provide services such as this and many others.

Since it’s inception back in November we have already distributed large amounts of quality firewood, a minimum of 4 times a week.

We have had vital support from L'Auberge des Migrants, The WoodYard and Pierre at Salam who have helped us maintain a steady supply over the early stages of this project. Aling side this our incredible network of partners across Belgium have also enabled us to establish some good connections and obtain large amounts of wood. One even delivering it straight to our yard!

At this time of year, a fire is so much more than just warmth to keep you alive, it is for cooking, boiling, light, safety and of course something to gather around with friends when the nights are long & dark and you don’t want to be alone.

As with all services there are many expenses involved. From buying wood, to the vast amounts of collecting and towing or maintaining chainsaws and vehicles. If you would like to support this project you can do so by donating via the link above to help ensure it can continue.

Thank you as always for your continued support, we couldn’t achieve any of what we do without you.

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