Midhurst and Petworth people rally to help Syria’s refugees

Refugees who have fled their war torn country
Refugees who have fled their war torn country

A Midhurst woman has been so touched by the plight of the Syrian refugees she is offering a home for those resettled in this area.

Mo Marland is one of several people who have registered with Chichester District Council to offer their homes: “These refugees have left their country because they fear being killed or their homes have been demolished. It is not a question of their wanting to leave, they have no choice and now they are living in tents.

“My heart has gone out to them and I feel I want to do something for them so I have taken the first step and registered with the council. If I can help just one soul out there I feel that would be something.”

Chichester district councillor Janet Duncton who represents Petworth, is working with volunteers along the south coast who are taking transit vehicles over to Calais with emergency supplies for refugees.

“Whatever your thoughts on the refugee crisis are, the facts are that several thousands of humans are living in pretty awful conditions just across the Channel at Calais and although they need help all year round winter is coming so things will only get worse for them.”

She appealed for more Transit sized vans insured for European travel and added storage facilities were also desperately needed.

“At the moment there are about three garages being used along the coast and what would be really good would be another much larger storage space under cover.”

Among the items being collected are tinned food, mens boots, shoes and trainers, any camping equipment and especially bed rolls or sleeping bags and ground sheet.

People can donate money on the ‘youcaring’ website which will be used to buy food for the refugees in Calais.

“This money will be used by Blueprint22 who have already made some trips and are going again early October and as often as they can after that.

“These are young people trying to do what they can with very limited resources and need your help.”

People can also contact Janet on 01798342528 who will take items to Blueprint22.

On Friday, September 18, Midhurst Methodist Church is holding a coffee morning from 10am-midday in aid of the refugees.

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