KIND-HEARTED Wigan folk have shown widespread support for asylum seekers with the donation of sackloads of clothing and emergency supplies.
Since Wigan Council, in partnership with asylum-seeker charities SWAP Wigan and Syria Relief, launched an appeal only a week ago, hundreds of residents have stepped forward to give toys, books, clothes, and medical equipment to pass on to refugees who are seeking residence in the UK after fleeing war-torn countries.
After donations have been dropped off at libraries across the borough, they are then transferred to a central point Trencherfield Mill for distribution.
Mick Taylor, project co-ordinator for SWAP (Support for Wigan Arrivals Project), said: “I would say there are hundreds of donations of essential items, like clothing, books and toys for children.
“We even have lots of medical supplies, including crutches and a wheelchair.
“We are overwhelmed by the amount of things that have been donated.
“I am not too surprised as it has been obvious through our organisation the amount of support people have given to the Syrian appeal.
“Since the family drowned off the Turkish coast there has been an upsurge in support and an increase in cash donations.
“It has been well reported in the media, whereaas in the past the issue of asylum-seekers has been quite negative.
“But the fact there are children and families forced out of their homes is delving deep into people’s hearts.
“We are delighted with the response so far and we are expecting so much more in the coming days and weeks. It shows how generous and warm hearted people are.
“It also raises the profile of asylum-seekers in other parts of the world too.”