Mums on mission to give refugees a helping hand
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, crowdfunder.co.uk/carriers-for-kos-1 or go to 38degrees.org.uk and search for ‘Macclesfield’ to sign the petition.
There is also a website carriersforkos.co.uk.
●● Hannah Collison (front left) and Rebekah Wershbale (front right) are among the mums collecting baby slings and carriers for refugees