Humbled by Leeds Beckett University graduate’s Kos aid mission

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A Leeds Beckett University graduate is preparing to travel to the Greek island of Kos on a relief mission to help refugees.

April Humble will be giving on-the-ground support to the refugees arriving in Kos, which is one of the points in Europe receiving the greatest number of migrants, currently estimated at 600 a day.

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April, who now lives in Germany, said: “I decided to go out to Kos in response to the fact that people are suffering at the shores of Europe - our shores - who simply need refuge and a safe place to live,” she said.

“Governments currently cannot or will not provide adequate support for the people, so someone must.

“I feel unwilling to wait around longer for someone else to act. So, I decided to act myself.”

The 29-year-old former peace studies and conflict resolution student, who graduated from Leeds Beckett in 2012, is fundraising to provide basic supplies and has already raised more than 2,000 Euros in just one week. The money will buy supplies including water, food, shoes and sleeping bags.

April said: “It will be just scraping the surface of course.

“But as there is no organisation or authority doing this on the ground, every item can make someone’s life a little more bearable.”

April works for climate change experts Earth League in Berlin. She said her lecturers at Leeds Beckett University were a “big inspiration.”

She added: “My tutors were very encouraging as they were also very active in the field, which is a big inspiration.”

She leaves for Kos on September 16.

To support her fundraising visit www.gogetfunding.com and search April Humble.

Every donation will go directly to the items for the refugees.

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