Holt appeal for Syria aid thought it might get a couple of bin bags full - it collected six tonnes
PUBLISHED: 06:30 12 February 2015
A mountain of aid is heading to Syria from north Norfolk after an “incredible” public response to an appeal.
Staff at the Wells Deli shop and cafe at Holt asked for clothes and shoes to help refugees weather the winter in the strife-torn middle eastern country.
Deli manager Ella King said: “We thought we might get a couple of bin bags full. We got six tonnes.”
An army of volunteers has helped sort and pack the donations, which have now begun their journey to help the refugees via a Manchester warehouse run by Syria Relief.
“People from as far afield as Thetford donated clothes – some of them buying new items of impeccable quality – but they also gave nappies, crutches and a wheelchair. It has been incredible,” said Miss King.
“I had planned to sort it in my spare room – but we have to take over a workshop and two rooms of my brother’s construction company,” she added.
A band of about 40 people helped with collecting, and sorting the appeal goods.
On Monday the load was driven to Manchester in a convoy of vehicles – three vans donated by North Walsham vehicle hire firm Trevor Charles, another from King and Company, and a Volvo car owned by a helper’s mum.
Miss King added: “The charity filmed us when we arrived and unpacked because they said they had never had such a large donation come from so far away in a convoy.”
The goods will be taken to Turkey and handed over to the charity’s front-line volunteers, who will distribute them to families in refugee camps, and in remote, sometimes besieged, parts of the country in a tricky aid operation, said Miss King.
The team was planning to do another appeal for next winter, using the experience and volunteers gained this time.
The deli in Holt High Street is this weekend hosting a music event to raise funds for Syria Relief, aiming to target the money raised towards prosthetic limbs for children.
Tickets for the acoustic music night at the deli on Sunday, February 15 from 6pm are £3.
Call 07825 751831, 07824 166774 or 07810 743378.