Not In It For The Money

Photo by Brendan Waterman

Photo by Brendan Waterman

You know, I’ve come to realise over the last few weeks, that whatever you do in life, you can’t please everyone. Even if you are doing your best, following your heart and doing something you truly believe in, there are always going to be those who have a different perspective, opposing views and alternative opinions.

Especially when you’re talking about such a big, current, topical issue. One that is all over the news, creating divides in attitudes all over the country. People feel very strongly, passionately about what is happening in Calais, and across Europe right now. Some people still message me, angry and accusing, demanding an answer to why we care about “these ‘economic ‘migrants’ who just want to come and steal our benefits and our jobs.” My response would be…no amount of benefits, no amount of money, no promise of ANY job, would be worth taking the journey that these people have taken. Leaving behind you family, your friends, everything you have, everything you know, to risk your life crossing the Sahara on foot, the Mediterranean on an overcrowded boat and the channel tunnel in the back/underneath a lorry.

But for the most part, messages of support and love are pouring in. And not just messages; shoes, tents, sleeping bags, offers of time, use of vans, medical skills and much much more!

So yeh, some people might not understand why we’re doing what we’re doing, but at the end of the day…everyone deserves to own a pair of shoes right? Especially those living in a makeshift shelter, in the rain, with no tangible prospect of leaving any time soon. Who could possible disagree with that!?