Raising funds to help those in need in Syria

134018'Scarboroughs Mayor and Mayoress Amdrew and Sue Backhouse ,right,were the special guests at the Christian Aid coffe morning held at the Palm Court Hotel.'Picture by Neil Silk'02/10/13
134018'Scarboroughs Mayor and Mayoress Amdrew and Sue Backhouse ,right,were the special guests at the Christian Aid coffe morning held at the Palm Court Hotel.'Picture by Neil Silk'02/10/13
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A Christian Aid coffee morning in Scarborough raised £400 which will go towards helping people caught up in the ongoing Syria crisis.

The event at the Palm Court Hotel was opened by Scarborough’s mayor and mayoress, Andrew and Sue Backhouse.

Organiser David Bridge said: “It went very well and we were really pleased with the amount raised.

“Lots of people helped with the arrangements and we had lots of volunteers on the stalls.”

Mr Bridge added that it was very busy and he thanked everyone who came along and supported the event.

He explained that the funds will go to the charity’s partners in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq who are responding to the crisis in Syria.

More than eight million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance as the conflict in Syria deepens.

Many families are arriving in neighbouring countries on foot, exhausted and hungry, often having travelled through mountainous desert in the searing heat.

Many are living in cramped and overcrowded conditions in countries struggling to cope with the overwhelming number of refugees.

Christian Aid’s emergency appeal is enabling the charity’s partners in Lebanon and Iraq, and within Syria itself, to respond to the desperate humanitarian needs of some of the most vulnerable displaced communities.

They are providing essentials such as food, hygiene and sanitation kits, water containers, emergency shelter and short-term work opportunities, as well as psychosocial support for those who are suffering psychologically as a result of the conflict.

Mr Bridge said: “This year has been full of turmoil, unrest and despair for many civilians across the Middle East region.

“We are deeply concerned about the lives of civilians caught up in conflicts, and we are using our emergency funds to provide support to those most in need.”