Preston workers get ready to head to Syria for aid mission

Ambulance Vehicles together with staff at Granite Tops UK are sending a World Aid Convoy from Preston to Syria.
Ambulance Vehicles together with staff at Granite Tops UK are sending a World Aid Convoy from Preston to Syria.
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A convoy of vehicles will leave Preston later this month to help with the refugee crisis in Syria.

Workers from Granite Tops, on Fletcher Road, Deepdale, will depart from their offices on December 23, in three ambulances packed to the brim with vital supplies that will help Syrian refugees face the winter months. Business co-owner, Soyeb Gurjee, whose 17-year-old son, Adam, will be part of the convoy, said it was important to the company to send aid. He said: “When there is political conflict anywhere in the world, be it Syria, Afghanistan, or Iraq, it is the innocent civilians who suffer the most. Those people in Syria had property and businesses and now they have been left with nothing.”

The 10-day trip will take Adam, Abdul Bapu, Ibrahim Patel and Mohammed Adam from Preston, on a 2,900 mile journey through France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey then finally to Syria where they will meet with representatives from the World Aid Organisation.

It is there that they will distribute all of the donations including shoeboxes of gloves, socks, scarves and woolly hats as well as winter blankets, food parcels and wheelchairs.

Soyeb said: “They are all excited and looking at it as an adventure but they know they will also face challenges along the way. We would really like to thank the Preston community for coming together and donating all of the money, shoeboxes and clothes.”

Little Sparkles Nursery at Deepdale also donated a cheque for £1,000 as well as shoeboxes from the children.