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Village appeal to help Syrian refugees

Claire Ratcliff with one of the bags for Syria

Thorney couple Matt and Claire Ratcliff are organising a village appeal to try to put together bags of clothes and supplies for Syrian refugees.

They are buying special zip-top bags and want people to volunteer to make up a bag.

Alternatively, if you can’t do that, then any clothes – especially warm clothes – or cash will be welcome.

They decided to take direct action after listening to a news item on Radio 4 and are working with a charity called Anaya Aid. This is a registered UK charity which takes donated shoes, clothing and other essential items to Turkey, where it is distributed to Syrian refugees.

“Many people are walking hundreds of miles to find refuge. We are approaching winter and these poor people will be desperately cold, so warm clothes and shoes are urgently needed,” said Claire.

They are hoping to put together 100 bags and the idea of using a sturdy, zip-top bag is that it can be used afterwards to keep clothes and other items dry and safe. Claire is asking for a donation of 75p to cover the cost of the bag and she’s happy to drop them round to people in the village and to collect them.

“We haven’t got much time; these people are in desperate need, so we want to get these bags onto the next container, which means we have a deadline of Tuesday next week (September 29),” said Claire.

If you are able to help or would like more information, Claire and Matt can be contacted on 270611 or 07454 820426. Their e-mail address is matrat@hotmail.co.uk.