Valley folk come to the aid of war torn refugees

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Clitheroe residents have been showing the warmth of their hearts by donating money to people less fortunate than themselves.

Staff at the Ribble Valley Citizens Advice Bureau are delighted at the response to an appeal which appeared in the July 28th edition of the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times, urging local people to donate money to help the arrival of vulnerable refugees in the area.

Katy Marshall, manager at the advice bureau, commented: “I was urged by people to set up a fund for asylum seekers and refugees living in the Ribble Valley.

“The fund is for meeting basic necessities and emergency supplies, unfortunately anticipated.

“The Ribble Valley has already welcomed six refugees. People face a lot of difficulty coming to the UK in desperation for their safety. We need to make sure we are ready with a safety net. Asylum seekers in Ribble Valley will face significant support issues we are told by the Asylum and Refugee

Community team based in Blackburn, who have longer experience of assisting people in this situation.”

The Salvation Army have been helping and their congregation raised £50 to start the fund and individual donors have given a further £220 to date.

“In total nine individuals have expressed their support and given us cash, cheques or made payments into our bank account - this is wonderful,” said Katy. “People are also asking how they can help and donate and a number of fund-raising events will be organised later this year in order to boost funds.

“Alongside the Salvation Army, we will set up an online donation page through Justgiving too, to make it easier for some people to simply log on and donate.”

Katy wishes to express her apologies for the delay and would kindly ask people interested to watch this space for further news.

For now, she is happy to collect donations for this separate cause at Ribble Valley Citizens Advice Bureau, 19/21 Wesleyan Row, Parson Lane, Clitheroe BB7 2JY. Alternatively, you can contact her by calling 01200 428998 (week days except Wednesday) or e-mail her at manager@ribblevalleycab.cabnet.org.uk