Generosity of Leeds residents sees tonnes of aid donated for Iraqi refugees

Rev Richard Dimery with more than 2,500 bags that have been donated at St James' Woodside Church in Horsforth for refugees northern Iraq. Picture Tony Johnson

Rev Richard Dimery with more than 2,500 bags that have been donated at St James' Woodside Church in Horsforth for refugees northern Iraq. Picture Tony Johnson

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THE GENEROSITY of the Horsforth community can be measured by the bin bag - more than 2,500 in fact.

Volunteers from St James’ Woodside Church spent the afternoon loading around 14 tonnes of donated winter clothes and supplies into vans and lorries today.

After being sorted by the Leeds to Iraq appeal at St Luke’s Church in Holbeck, the donations will make their way to the mountains of northern Iraq, where 1.5m refugees have fled from “Islamic State” fighting.

Rev Richard Dimery, of St James’s said: “We’ve been astounded by the generosity of those who have donated, some who are from the church, but others from local schools and within the community.

“We have sent some supplies to Calais, but people don’t always realise just how many people are suffering in Iraq. Of the 1.5m refugees, around 100,00 are children, and 116,000 are pregnant women.

“With temperatures hitting minus 20 degrees this winter, and many of the refugees from the deserts in the south, these warm clothes are saving lives.”

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