Lincoln mum starts campaign to “welcome” refugees to city

A Lincoln mum-of-three has started a petition asking Lincolnshire County Council to home 50 refugee families in the city.

Caroline Kearsey, who volunteers at the Woodland Trust in Grantham, set up the “Refugees Welcome in Lincoln” petition on the 38 Degrees website in response to the growing refugee crisis in Europe.

She said: “I think that the government has misjudged how the nation feels on this issue – only by making our voices heard can we get our message across to senior politicians and councils.

“If enough people sign the petition we can show how much support there is for these desperate people.

“I’m just an ordinary person that wants to do something to help. Now is the time to act. Imagine if the tables were turned?”

Caroline’s petition is one of a number of efforts by Lincoln residents to offer assistance to those caught up in the crisis.

collection point, where people can drop off items to help the refugees camping in Calais, has been organised by businesswoman and hair and beauty artist Emily Kent in Lincoln for September 5.

Similarly, Laura Mckeown, owner of pet and poultry supply business Feathers and Furries, has set up a crowdfunder site in order to raise enough money to travel to Calais with a truck-load of essentials.