Donations for Syrian refugees flood in from Burnley

Laura with items collected for the refugees
Laura with items collected for the refugees

Offering space in their hearts for Syrian refugees, Burnley residents cleared out their homes to donate money and essential items at a collection event last fortnight.

The town’s charitable spirit rumbled on as dozens of bags of food, clothing and toiletries, among other daily necessities, were donated at a drop-off evening at the Usha Indian Restaurant on Friday, September 25th.

The support has been invaluable and will make a huge difference to the refugees - everyday people like you and me - whose lives have been torn apart by the conflict in the Middle East

Laura Longworth

Organiser and Burnley Express’ editorial assistant, Laura Longworth, together with Ash Mowbray, a founder of East Lancs Refugee Solidarity, arrived to find a dozen bags had already been donated during the week.

And pupils of Blessed Trinity RC College, led by chaplain Jessica Wilkinson, rallied round to fill a minivan with items on Thursday, October 1st for inclusion in the collection at the home of Laura and partner Daniel Tierney.

Residents in the Briercliffe area have also dropped-off items at the couple’s home, which now has more than two rooms full of donations.

Laura said: “A massive thank you goes to the Usha and to all those who have so generously assisted with, donated to or spread the word of the collection.

“The support has been invaluable and will make a huge difference to the refugees - everyday people like you and me - whose lives have been torn apart by the conflict in the Middle East”.

To arrange a drop-off or volunteer at one of the sorting days, please email Laura.longworth@jpress.co.uk

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