Friends rally to stop deportation
Dad needs to fundraise for application fee
A YOUNG father will be deported if he cannot raise £1,200 by the end of October despite the fact he has been living in England for a decade and will leave behind a threeyear-old child and a pregnant partner.
Jamal Mascoll, 24, originally from Barbados, has been told he needs the money by October 25 to apply for permanent residency in the UK.
But Mr Mascoll is struggling to raise the money because of his immigration status and not having a National Insurance number has left him only able to take low paid cash in hand jobs.
Now Chalfont St Giles Youth Club, where Mr Mascoll has been a volunteer for the last six years, is planning a fundraiser to help him find the cash.
He was born in Barbados and informally adopted by a family who moved to England when he was a child. But because the adoption was informal, there was no paper trail to prove who he was. Mr Mascoll’s partner Zoe Moorecock, 23, is pregnant with his second child.
Over the last two years he has raised more than £1,000 to get a passport and a copy of his birth certificate, also hiring a lawyer to help make sense of his complicated past.
“I’m still trying to work it out,” Mr Mascoll said: “I’m left with two choices. Either voluntarily return or stay and wait until I’m deported.”
Now he has to raise another £1,200 for the residency application.
Mr Mascoll first applied for residency when he was at school.
However, when he chased up his application after he discovered Zoe was pregnant with their first child, he was told the Home Office had lost his documents and he had to start the process again.
“We waited for them to get back to us about it, but they never did. I was living at home with my mum.
“When I found out that Zoe was pregnant, I needed my documents because I needed to Jamal Mascoll and Zoe Moorecock with Chalfont St Giles Youth Club volunteers help my family, that’s when I got in contact,” he said. “The Home Office said they lost all my documents. We had to prove that we had sent them.
“I’ve been doing what I can to keep myself sane, because doing this sort of stuff it does put a lot of stress on you.”
He added: “I’ve been brought up with old fashioned morals and with all of this having to beg and scrape for almost everything it makes you forget who you are and the person you were brought up to be.”
Zoe said: “It’s just been going on so long. I didn’t know it was going to be such a drawn out process.”
Chalfont St Giles Youth Club, Narcot Lane, is holding a fundraiser for Jamal on Saturday October 10 from 7pm until 9pm, with music and Caribbean food. Everyone is welcome with £5 minimum entry.