Friends rally to stop de­por­ta­tion

Dad needs to fundraise for ap­pli­ca­tion fee

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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