Mum’s appeal to support families in war torn Iraq

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A LEEDS mum is launching an appeal to help war torn families and children living in Iraq.

After seeing moving images of young children left with nothing, mum of two young children Lydia Mitton, was moved to do something.



Ms Mitton who is married to the Reverend Chris Mitton, the curate at St Luke’s Church in Beeston, is urging the people of Leeds to clear out their wardrobes and help others.

She said there are believed to be 900,000 people displaced by the war in Iraq and most of them have lost their homes and possessions.

Ms Mitton, 33, from Beeston, said: “We are so proud to be able to send some love from Leeds to the children and families displaced by war in Iraq.

“I have no connections to Iraq but after reading about the terrible suffering of displaced Iraqis and Syrians who are now battling to survive in temperatures of -15 degrees dressed only in the summer clothes they fled their homes in.

“I’ve seen pictures of kids wearing flip flops in the snow, and heard stories of babies dying of hypothermia because the family don’t have blankets, and it has broken my heart.

“I just can’t imagine how it would feel not to be able to take care of my one and two year old and I’ve been looking for ways I might be able to help.”

Good quality, clean, unstained winter clothing can be taken to St Luke’s Church, in Beeston, on January 21 and 22 between 7-9pm, or Saturday, January 24, between 10am-12 noon.

Volunteers are needed as are strong boxes to pack items in for transportation.

Items needed include coats, jackets, winter hats, gloves, scarves, winter footwear of all sizes including wellies, child to adult jumpers, fleeces, cardigans, long sleeved tops and new underwear. If you can help contact

More details are also available on the Facebook page ‘Leeds2Iraq: Urgent Winter Clothing Appeal’.