Aldborough family trip brings refugee crisis home

Carmine De Grandis (left) and wife, Jenny, with children Aldo, Chiara, and Federico, head off to Gre

Carmine De Grandis (left) and wife, Jenny, with children Aldo, Chiara, and Federico, head off to Greece with donations for the refugee camps. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A big-hearted businessman who has volunteered his time to help refugees in Greece fleeing war and persecution has returned for a fourth time this week - and this time he has taken his family with him.

Carmine De Grandis, 45, from Aldborough, is visiting refugee camps in the country with his wife Jenny, and their children - nine-year-old Federico, Chiara, aged 11, and Aldo, 13 - to raise awareness of their plight and deliver suitcases packed with supplies donated by the local community, including toys, clothes, baby food, mosquito nets and other gifts.

He is part of the CK Team, an international group of volunteers, which has been helping refugees arriving on the island from Syria and other war-torn countries.

Mr De Grandis said: 'I have been moved by the kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness of people who are really caring to support from here in the refugee crisis. More people are bringing donations, some are fundraising, a former student who is now a graphic designer is offering to build a website so that information and donations can be received more effectively, local artists are willing to donate from the small profits they make to offer support.

'In the midst of the pain which is overwhelming when looking at how many refugees are dying and how clueless the approach of a good number of the British public is, each of these single acts of kindness show that things can be different.

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'Our kids have been a great inspiration and part of the planning and preparation of this fourth visit as members of the CK Team.'

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