Over £10,000 raised for Tameside families hit by Covid-19 by Syria Relief
Despite being famous for their charity work in Syria, Denton-based Syria Relief, have raised over £10,000 and set up a foodbank from scratch in order to support families in Tameside throughout the lockdown.
Syria Relief were driven to do this during the early stages of lockdown after some of Tameside’s foodbanks were forced to close (often due to panic buying and demand outstripping supply) and helped fill food provision gaps. They set up www.covidemergencyresponse.com to fundraise for local individuals most impacted by the pandemic and have, at the time of writing, fundraised over £10,500.
Dr Shameela Islam-Zulfiqar, who is a medical doctor with years of experience working in the NHS, who led the project for Syria Relief says:
“This could not have been possible without a dedicated 120 strong volunteer group of drivers, student cooks, packers and logistical support from all backgrounds. We have been able to deliver 400 basic essential shopping bags to the elderly and isolated vulnerable households over 6 months (April to September).