Syria and Iraq donations on their way

November 01 2016

The Samara’s Aid donations organised by the St Alban’s Church in Westbury Park have left the depot and are on their way to help people living in displacement camps in Syria and Iraq.

Syria aid

The Samara’s Aid donations organised by the St Alban’s Church in Westbury Park have left the depot and are on their way to help people living in displacement camps in Syria and Iraq.

Packing the goods donated by the local community was a task in itself, involving an enthusiastic team at the Methodist Church hall and a lot of banana boxes. A generous collection of warm clothes for the winter months, medical aid, strange shaped items like crutches and zimmer frames all had to be packaged securely to take the long journey overland.

Georgie Denison-Pender, one of the team behind the appeal, said: “The collection is on its way! On Saturday 26 wonderful people came along and helped load over 1,731 items onto the Lorry heading for Iraq; 1,359 boxes, 348 bags, 5 wheelchairs, 9 pairs of crutches, 8 walking frames, 4 moses baskets and 14 care packs. It took us almost 4 hours. 

“We have now loaded the remaining 450 boxes, 4 wheel chairs, medical kits, 15 or so Zimmer frames, more crutches, care packs and bags, which will head to Syria via Essex. That is over 2,200 items.

“To those of you who came twice we are so very grateful. What incredible collections from everyone large and small.”