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05/09/2015 11:05 BST | Updated 05/09/2015 11:59 BST

Tesco Worker Donated Boxes Of Supplies To Muslim Chaplain Who Was Delivering Aid To Migrants In Calais

Facebook/Adam Kelwick

A Tesco community care manager has donated boxes of airbeds, toys, toiletries and clothes to a Muslim chaplain who requested a discount on tents to take to migrants in Calais.

Adam Kelwick, from Liverpool, visited his local Tesco store on Friday to collect camping supplies for a trip to the French port town to deliver aid.

When he explained what he intended to do with the goods to staff at the Tesco store on Park Road, Liverpool, a community care manager named Shelley offered to give more than just a discount.

I've just dried the tears from my eyes!

Went into the local supermarket and told them about the trip to Calais tomorrow...

Posted by Adam Kelwick on Friday, 4 September 2015

Kelwick wrote on his Facebook page: "I've just dried the tears from my eyes! Went into the local supermarket and told them about the trip to Calais tomorrow and asked if they could give me a discount on some tents.

"Instead, Shelly the community care manager of Tesco Park Road decided to donate boxes and boxes of airbeds, toys, toiletries, clothes and sweets free of charge. She also offered for some volunteers to pack bags there and raise funds for a future trip!"

He went on: "In addition to this, in just one night I've received pledges of over £5000 and will be joined by a qualified GP who will offer free medical advice to the refugees there.

"The Mayor of Liverpool has sent his wishes and cars and vans full of supplies donated by people of all backgrounds up and down the country will be joining us... WITH JUST ONE DAY'S NOTICE"

According to Kelwick's Facebook page, he's been planning his trip to Calais single-handedly, without the assistance from any larger charity of organisation.

On Friday, he posted: "I'm leaving from Liverpool this Saturday and returning Monday night in sha Allah.

"The response I've had so far has been great and I hope to do several of these runs over the next few months.

"Can people in Liverpool please go out shopping for tents, they should be on sale now because summer is over and are one of the most needed items for the refugee families."

Tesco have not responded to our request for comment. Kelwick's Facebook post about their donation has been shared over 8,000 times since Friday afternoon when it was posted.

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