Network receives useful assistance with aid container

The container of aid sent to Syria.
The container of aid sent to Syria.

Morpeth residents were among those giving a helping hand to the sending of vital aid to families in a war-torn country.

This involved transporting donations and packing, sorting and boxing. The loaded 40ft container, which was sent earlier this month, has gone to Aleppo in Syria.

More than £1,000 was raised for this initiative at the Refugee Aid Network weekend event in the Newmarket car park last month.

As well as donating cash and useful items, many of those who came along helped to paint a caravan that had been acquired specifically to home a vulnerable family with children at a refugee camp in Calais, France.

The Sanctuary Network Morpeth group of residents has been co-ordinating activities since it was formed a couple of months ago.

A number of people got in touch with Coun Joan Tebbutt after her motion that Morpeth Town Council ‘supports, encourages and works together with individuals and organisations in Morpeth and the wider county involved in supporting refugees and asylum seekers due to conflict or oppressive regimes’ was passed following a vote.

In addition, Morpeth Lions Club members are joining forces with other clubs in the UK and Norway in relation to projects based in a refugee camp in Lebanon.

Coun Tebbutt said: “Since our first meeting, we’ve worked together to organise activities and assistance and it has been very humbling and inspirational to hear about what individuals have done to help.

“One of the things I’m keen to set up is a venue to store clothing and other items, as it would help us to put together pre-sorted boxes for the volunteers at the refugee camps.”

An information day for various refugee initiatives is being organised for January 16 at Morpeth Town Hall.

For more information about Sanctuary Network Morpeth, email joan.c.tebbutt@gmail.com