Refugee aid container arrives in GreeceFriday 27 November 2015
A shipping container filled with clothes, toiletries, food and other vital supplies has arrived in Greece six weeks after it was packed by Liverpool Hope University staff and students.
The contents of the container will be distributed to refugees on the island of Samos, who are arriving daily with little more than the clothes on their back.
Having fled war-torn countries such as Syria, thousands of refugees are living in camps where they rely on donated supplies.
Chris Jones, a founding member of the Social Work Action Network (SWAN), is helping to coordinate efforts in Samos and described the welcome arrival of the container.
He said: “What can we say? Thank you does not say enough about how we feel. We simply didn't expect so much and all of it will be so useful for the refugees – the blankets, sleeping bags, tents, mats and of course shoes - and all such good stuff.
“The container represents a huge effort and is really going to make a difference to many refugees coming to Samos, especially as winter is coming.
“The words 'Liverpool Container' brings a lot of smiles to many of us on Samos. It is real solidarity and means a lot.”
Hope Social Work students and lecturers filled the container with close to eight tonnes of aid after four weeks of fundraising and collecting.