AN appeal for essential items to help refugees has been launched in Wigan.
The appeal, from the Labour Group of councillors in partnership with Wigan Council and asylum seeker charities SWAP Wigan and Syria Relief, urges people to donate essential items and medical supplies desperately needed by thousands of refugees.
The donations will be used to help both those currently in refugee camps in Syria and Turkey as well as helping asylum seekers and refugees who have been located to Wigan Borough.
Items can be dropped off at all libraries in Wigan Borough and Wigan and Leigh Life Centres.
Items needed include:
Clothing - please separate items into men, women, boys, girls and babies before taking to the collection point
Pairs of trainers or comfortable shoes - no odd or damaged shoes
Blankets and sleeping bags
Hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, body wash and sanitary towels
Food such as tinned tomatoes, rice, pasta, tea bags, coffee and sugar
Stationary and school supplies
Medical equipment is also needed including crutches and wheelchairs, unused and unopened medicines such as pain relief tablets, foot treatment products, bandages and plasters and hygiene products.
The items will be collected from the points and passed on to the charities Syria Relief and SWAP (Support for Wigan Arrivals Project).
Wigan Council is also urging its staff to use volunteer days to assist Swap in helping refugees in the borough and staff are also contributing to the appeal.
Councillor Damian Edwardson, speaking on behalf of Wigan Council’s Labour Group, said: “The plight of the refugees in Syria is a humanitarian crisis with millions of people seeking safety from a terrible war.
“We have the opportunity to show how generous Wigan Borough is and donate simple items that will make a big difference to refugees and may even save lives.
“The Labour Group has worked in partnership with Wigan Council on the appeal and create a number of convenient drop-off points around the borough.
“We hope people will give generously and make a real difference to the refugees.”
Lord Peter Smith, leader of Wigan Council, said: “Many of us have been moved by the images of refugees who are risking their lives to seek a safe haven.
“We want this appeal to show that as a community we really do care about those in the world who are most in need and to give generously.”
Mick Taylor, Project Coordinator for SWAP, said: “The refugees that SWAP works with arrive with very little. This appeal will provide essential items and shows them that Wigan people really do care.”
Full list of collection points:
Wigan Life Centre
Leigh Life Centre
Hope Community Library
Lamberhead Green Library
Marsh Green Library
Platt Bridge Library
Community drop off points:
Tyldesley Town Partnership c/o Digitopia (The Computer Clinic)
242 Elliott St
Tyldesley, M29 8DS