March supports Syrian refugees

Items collected for refugees from March Town Hall.
Items collected for refugees from March Town Hall.

A Benwick mum has thanked generous donors after helping collect hundreds of items for desperate refugees.

Lisa Miles Darcy has been “overwhelmed” by the amount of clothing, blankets, shoes, toys and toiletries donated by local people to help victims of the refugee crisis.

She stepped forward to support the Kos Relief appeal organised by Cambridge Multiples Club after photos of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s little body washed up on a Turkish shore were shared across the world’s media.

His migrant family were on an overcrowded dinghy filled with refugees fleeing violence in war-torn Syria when it capsized shortly into the crossing to the Greek island of Kos.

Aylan and his five-year-old brother died in the sea alongside their mother, while their father survived.

Lisa posted a plea for items to be donated through Facebook’s March Free Discussion site, and was inundated with offers.

Katherine Nightingale, of Fenland Arts, also contacted Lisa to offer March Town Hall as a collection point, with piles of boxes and bags being dropped off there.

The items have been sorted and are now on their way to Kos and also to the Greek island of Lesbos.

“I can’t thank everyone enough,” said Lisa. “I’m just so happy so much will be going off to help these people.”