A group of mums from Newbridge have come together to help refugees fleeing to Europe from the Middle East.
Thousands of refugees have attempted to cross into Europe from Syria and surrounding countries, with hundreds drowning and many trapped by European border controls.
In response Laura Rees-Davies and Jemma Shepherd are appealing for donations to help refugees – many who were forced into pay traffickers to cross into Europe, leaving much of their belongings behind – after being moved by the devastating images and stories over recent days.
They enlisted the help of St Paul’s Church in Newbridge, who agreed to act as a base for collections, and used social media to drum up support from local people.
The group is also receiving support and advice from national campaigners People to People Solidarity – Action from the UK.
Ms Rees-Davies said: said “Hearing what these people are going through really struck a chord with me as a mother, as I understand the lengths someone would go to in order to protect their children.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support that’s already been given to our appeal. We initially planned only to send donations to Calais but may now extend this to help even more families in Kos.
“We are still desperate for donations and urge people to give whatever they can. Every little bit really does count and we’re grateful to everyone who’s donated or volunteered their time to help with the collection.”
The group has a list of suggested items which includes clothing, tents, blankets, toiletries and packaged non-perishable foods.
St Paul’s Church will be open to receive collections from 12.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday September 12 and from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday September 13.
More information can be found on the Facebook event page Syria Calais refugee collection Newbridge.
If you are organising any collections or events in Caerphilly County Borough supporting the refugees please contact email@example.com.