Cottesmore podiatrist to lead team to Calais ‘jungle’
A podiatrist will lead a team of medical professionals on a trip to Calais to set up a clinic to help treat refugees living there.
Simon Miles, 34, from Cottesmore, will travel to the camp known as the Jungle with about eight colleagues in January.
The team of professionals and students will hold a series of free clinics to treat people living in the camp.
Simon, who works in Peterborough and Huntingdon, got the idea after a call from an old friend.
“A friend of mine from Stamford School is working for a charity in the camp,” said Simon. “He phoned me and asked if I wanted to come. He said they desperately needed help with their feet and legs. I thought I could do a bit better than that.
“I came up with the name The Foot Project. I set up a funding page and asked for help on Facebook. I had an overwhelming response with about 40 people applying. We raised about £800 in nine days. It’s been really good.”
Simon and his team will be in Calais from January 24 to 26. They will work with some of the charities working there to run the clinics. He has set a target of £2,000, but if more is raised then more clinics can be held.
“We’ve also got a couple of students coming with us,” said Simon. “I wanted to give them experience. I thought it would be really good for them to get involved with a project and have something on their CVs.”
The decision to make the trip was easy for Simon. “You see the stuff on the news,” he said.
“I used to be a manager for a medical equipment charity. I really didn’t enjoy it so I changed my career.
“I did that because I wanted to help people and get some satisfaction from my work. I can’t think of any greater satisfaction than giving your time up for free to help people that desperately need it.”