QPR Loans Fleet Of Coaches To Bring Child Refugees From France
Championship football club Queens Park Rangers has offered a fleet of coaches to help bring stranded refugee children from France to Britain.
Despite what you may have read in the papers, all children are assessed for their eligibility before they are granted permission to travel to the UK. Many of the children at Calais are yet to go through this assessment, so exact numbers aren't known.
The fleet of coaches will be manned by volunteer workers, Hammersmith and Fulham council has said. Once in the UK, the children will be reunited with their families or placed into the care of local authorities.
Councillor Steve Cowan, leader of Hammersmith and Fulham council - QPR's local council - told the Guardian: "The situation for the children in France is chaotic, violent and dangerous. So many people have come up to me and said, 'How can we leave children in these conditions in 2016?'
"We have social workers on standby and ready to go to France as soon as the French authorities give us permission to go in and collect the children, and generous benefactors such as QPR who are providing us with a fleet of coaches to collect the children."
In my opinion, this is a nice move from the club. At a time when it's easy to turn a blind eye to what's going on in the world, or worse, turn these refugees into 'demons' or 'scroungers', it's nice to see people stepping up and helping out these kids.
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