Mums on mis­sion to give refugees a help­ing hand

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY DISASTER - KAREN BRIT­TON

RES­I­DENTS in Mac­cles­field have joined the fight to help refugees mak­ing the treach­er­ous jour­ney to Europe.

A group of mums have made it their mis­sion to pro­vide slings and car­ri­ers to asy­lum seek­ers who face walk­ing miles to carry their chil­dren to safety.

It comes as more than 200 peo­ple sign an online pe­ti­tion call­ing on Cheshire East Coun­cil to take 50 refugee fam­i­lies into Mac­cles­field for asy­lum.

Re­bekah Wer­sh­bale, 31, came up with the idea to help refugees on the Greek is­land of Kos, where many peo­ple have fled from war-torn coun­tries in­clud­ing Syria and Afghanistan.

She wanted to help par­ents trav­el­ling with their chil­dren and put out an ap­peal out for un­wanted car­ri­ers across Mac­cles­field.

Within hours par­ents have do­nated slings, wraps and car­ri­ers, and within days the ap­peal went na­tional, with more than 30 col­lec­tion points for the baby car­ri­ers in the UK.

Re­bekah, 31, who has a one-year-old daugh­ter Iso­bel and lives with hus­band Gavriel in Mac­cles­field, said: “I had five slings to do­nate, and thought might get another or seven I six lo­cally.

“Very sud­denly I’m host­ing a na­tional col­lec­tion hub for hun­dreds of slings. It’s noth­ing short of as­ton­ish­ing.

“There are a lot of ba­bies and young chil­dren who are be­ing car­ried for miles in the arms of tired and anx­ious par­ents. A car­rier will sup­port the child safely and hands free against their front or back.

“This will go some way to mak­ing the miles be­fore their jour­neys are fi­nally fin­ished a lit­tle eas­ier.”

Re­bekah, who is a mem­ber of Mac­cles­field Baby­wear­ers, which pro­motes the use of slings and car­ri­ers, is work­ing with lo­cal com­pa­nies as well as In­ter­na­tional Aid Agen- cies to en­sure the do­na­tions are dis­trib­uted.

Coun­cil­lor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Coun­cil, said: “We are in com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the Gov­ern­ment over these tragic and heartrend­ing events and are deeply sad­dened at the plight of these refugees.

“Our hearts go out to the refugees and we fully sup­port the Prime Min­is­ter’s hu­man­i­tar­ian de­ci­sion.”

To do­nate a sling go to the group’s face­book page, crowd­fun­­ri­ers-for-kos-1 or go to 38de­ and search for ‘Mac­cles­field’ to sign the pe­ti­tion.

There is also a web­site car­ri­ers­

●● Han­nah Col­li­son (front left) and Re­bekah Wer­sh­bale (front right) are among the mums col­lect­ing baby slings and car­ri­ers for refugees

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