Boston Tea Party cafes back Syria Relief

October 30 2015

SYRIAN refugees are to receive hundreds of donated supplies, thanks to a collection at a Gloucester Road café.

SYRIAN refugees are to receive hundreds of donated supplies, thanks to a collection at a Gloucester Road café.

Throughout October, Bristol-based chain Boston Tea Party called on members of the public to donate vital goods at collection points across its 16 venues, for charity Syria Relief.

Items, which included dried food items, toiletries, bedding and medicines, will now be shipped to Syria Relief’s headquarters in Manchester before being sent to refugees in Hungary and on the border of Greece and Macedonia.

Manager at the Gloucester Road branch, Charlotte Hawes, says that she has been overwhelmed by the generosity of local people, and believes that over 100 bags have been donated.

 “We have had a lot of people in the café talking about what can be done to help with the crisis in Syria,” Charlotte said, “so having a collection here has been a great way to get people involved.

 “It’s been amazing to see how kind and generous everyone has been straight from the start. That’s why I love Gloucester Road, because people are so helpful. It’s the best place in Bristol.

“Collecting for Syria Relief really fits in with our ethics of being socially responsible and giving back to communities. Taking part in this collection is the very least we can do, and it’s been great to have everyone behind it.”

Sam Roberts, managing director of BTP, said: “We’ve all been deeply affected by plight of the refugees fleeing unimaginable horrors in Syria, and we wanted to do something to offer our support in a practical and tangible way, rather than just collecting cash donations.

“We believe that we have a responsibility as a business to do everything we can to support others, and give something back to those in need.”

In addition to collecting items, Boston Tea Party is donating £1 for each package it receives, which will help cover the cost of transporting items to those in need.

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