Three ambulances loaded with medical supplies will be driven from Burnley to Syria to help refugees in the war-stricken country.
The ambulances, which have been paid for through donations from the Burnley and Pendle community, will be driven by a group of eight friends who are members of the Muscle Factory gym in Stoneyholme.
The same friends recently raised £24,000 through a sponsored skydive for orphans across the world, and were approached by the charity World Aid Convoy.
Buddy Khan, who owns the gym, said on behalf of the group: “There are many innocent people, particularly women and children, who are in a desperate situation in Syria, and we want to do whatever we can to help.
“This month is Ramadan and we know how difficult it is to go without food for just a few hours, so it really brings home the desperate situation these poor people are going through now.
“We hope to act as role models for our community and inspire others, no matter what their religion, to do more charitable works.”
The friends will be eating and sleeping in the ambulances which they will drive themselves the 3,600 miles from Britain to the refugee camp on the Syrian Turkish border.
The ambulances, packed with medical supplies, nappies, baby food and medicines, will pass through France, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey before they reach the camp which homes around 160,000 displaced people.
Syria has been gripped by a bloody civil war since March, 2011, when protests against Bashar-al-Assad’s government began. The death toll has been estimated at anything between 170,000 and 250,000 people with some three million refugees.
The convoy will set out on Sunday, August 19th. Anyone wishing to make a donation of nappies, baby food, or over-the-counter medicine can call 077520 94067.