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Cornish charity helps to keep families in Syria warm

Cornish charity helps to keep families in Syria warm

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:22pm 5th December 2019. (Updated at 9:13am 6th December 2019)

A Cornish disaster relief charity is appealing for help as it works to keep families in Syria warm this Christmas.

Truro-based ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and other aid items to families around the world who are living in difficult circumstances due to natural disasters or conflicts. 

They are currently sending essential aid for around half a million people living in refugee camps.

The charity is warning that displaced people in Syria face a cold winter living in tents, where temperatures dip to below freezing and they can even experience snow.

The families desperately need things like warm clothes, thermal blankets and cooking kits.

ShelterBox has now launched its Urgent Winter Warmth Appeal as it educates people on the reality of winter in warzones.

"For families who are living in temporary accommodation, many of them in refugee camps or displacement camps, they are really, really struggling with the basics.

"They are struggling to keep warm, keep their children warm, and start focusing on rebuilding their lives.

"We've all seen how much rain there has been over the last few months, my garden has turned to mud, it's been a really wet autumn and winter in Cornwall, and it's the same for Syria.

"Just staying dry, staying warm and being able to go about your daily life becomes a real struggle."

Robyn Cummins, director of fundraising and communications.

The charity is asking the public to consider giving vital aid to families around the world this Christmas. 

Find everything you need to know about donating here. 

Items in the Winter Warmth bundle include thermal blankets, solar lights, mattresses, children's clothes, baby grows, sleep suits and blankets. 

Since December 2012, the charity has supported more than 250,000 displaced by the Syrian conflict, making it the most sustained response in their 19-year history.

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