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Ossett firm’s clothing gift hoped to boost Syrian refugees

Zubair Sharif, from SKT Welfare, with Xamax managing director Graham Thompson, who has donated a container full of clothing bound for refugee camps in Syria. Picture by Tony Johnson

Zubair Sharif, from SKT Welfare, with Xamax managing director Graham Thompson, who has donated a container full of clothing bound for refugee camps in Syria. Picture by Tony Johnson

An aid container filled with £5,000 worth of children’s clothing has been packed up and sent to help the needy in and around Syria.

Workwear and clothing specialist Xamax, which is based at the Roundwood Industrial Estate, in Ossett, donated the products in a bid to help Ravensthorpe-based charity SKT Welfare.

Now on its way to Syria, the container will provide humanitarian aid through t-shirts and hoodies as part of the relief charity’s STAND4SYRIA project.

The project aims to deliver aid inside Syria and to Syrians inside Turkish and Jordanian refugee camps.

Graham Thompson, who is the managing director of Xamax, said: “We think that Syria is a relatively warm climate not realising there are 100,000 people in a refugee camp at -4C.

“It doesn’t look like there’s going to be a quick fix for Syria.”

Last year Xamax offered to store dry milk, medical equipment and clothing for SKT Welfare in its warehouses.

Zubair Sharif, SKT Welfare trustee, said: “What we are doing is a needle in a haystack, it’s going to the camps.”

He said SKT is sending medical aid, food parcels and clothing to help those in need, having already set up hospitals, a bakery and water wells.

Founded in 2008, SKT Welfare has provided aid in the UK, Pakistan, Morocco and Somalia, but has focussed its efforts solely on Syria in recent years.

For further information visit: www.sktwelfare.org

 
 
 

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