THE Care Uk Charity, based in Warrington, Northwich, North Wales and Manchester, which was the brainchild of local business woman Nora Carlin, gave a very fitting send off to their 50th container of practical aid for refugees in Lesbos.
The truck left the premises led by the piper, the charity’s Patron, Faisal Rashid and a huge team of volunteers who had spent the morning loading the container.
This was a perfect example of the true spirit of communities working together.
Nora Carlin, Care UK Charity Founder said: “We couldn’t do any of this without our amazing volunteers and the fabulous people of the North West, who donate their unwanted items to be reused, enabling us to help those in need, wherever they are.”
The charity started in a portacabin at Appleton Thorn after Nora had been moved to tears by photographs of a little Syrian boy found drowned on a Turkish beach.
Nora, owner of lifestyle management firm Arley’s Angels, felt she just had to do something to help the refugees pouring out of Syria and trying to reach safety via a perilous voyage across the Mediterranean.
She started simply by setting up a Facebook page appealing for donations to store in her own portacabin prior to sending them on to the Manchester-based charity Syria Relief.
But within hours the response from the public was overwhelming and she realised much more was needed.
Volunteers came forward to help – and donations began to flood in.
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