Saffron Walden musician to visit Calais ‘Jungle’

James White

James White - Credit: Archant

A Saffron Walden musician is hoping to visit the Calais ‘Jungle’ this weekend after a refugee fundraising gig in Cambridge inspired him to act.

James White, 26. of Stansted Road, says he wants to play at the French refugee camp as well as teach guitar in the hope of “putting smiles on faces”.

James played the Cam4Refugees fundraiser at the Cambridge Guildhall on Friday, April 15, and said he felt strongly after his performance that he wanted to go and help.

He said: “Although there is a lot of work to be done in terms of lifting and sorting, my weak body will be unable to do much. So I thought I’d play a song or two for the people and teach some guitar. That way I can hopefully bring some joy to their faces.”

Last year, James released a mini EP for the British Red Cross appeal for the crisis and has set up a Just Giving page, where people can donate.

He said: “This crisis isn’t going away and is massively important.

“Unfortunately, with my work commitments and asthma I don’t feel I can spend more than one night there, but I’m lucky enough to go home to a place with a roof.”

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