A COMMUNITY champion has thanked kind-hearted villagers after they rallied around to donate hundreds of items to support refugees from war-torn Syria.
In Denshaw, the village Community Association organised a collection of items of clothing, camping gear, bedding, footwear and more.
And after a great response from the general public, Alan Roughley, the association chairman, thanked them for their efforts.
He explained: “We see the appalling scenes on television news every night and a few of us thought we needed to at least try do something.
“Our Village Hall was available and it so happened we had one of the regular film nights during the evening.
“Arranged at very short notice, we hoped for a reasonable response but were pleasantly surprised at the large numbers of people who turned up.
“People have dug deep and we received everything from a portable toilet tent to babies nappies.
“Lots of clothes of course plus quantities of excellent footwear including walking boots and comfortable flat shoes.
“All these items are now on the way across Europe to the Syrian borders as part of the weekly shipment from the whole of Greater Manchester.
“We would like to thank all those who helped with our village effort and in particular the stalwarts who gave up their Sunday afternoon to sort and label everything to make it as easy as possible at the other end.”
The Saddleworth Women’s Institute have also been inundated with donations after holding collection events for items to send to Calais.