Appeal for winter help for Syrians

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an appeal has been launched for donations to help children in war-torn Syria survive the winter.

Organisers of the Big Winter Aid Drop for Syria are collecting in the Capital this weekend and say supplies are desperately needed before temperatures plummet.

They are looking for nappies, baby milk, women’s sanitary towels, ibuprofen and paracetamol to help more than four million displaced people.

Winter gear such as coats, boots, snowsuits, blankets, duvets, sleeping bags, groundsheets and medical equipment are also vital.

Edinburgh organiser Dr Manhal Alnasser said: “Children, pregnant women, the elderly and the injured are particularly vulnerable to the winter weather and many do not survive the sub-zero temperatures.

“We are doing everything we can to get aid to these people before the poor weather hits.”

Donations can be dropped off at Big Yellow Storage, 2 Bankhead Avenue, Sighthill, on Saturday or Sunday between 10am and 4pm. Alternatively, contact manhal.alnasser@gmail.com or call 07941 896111 to arrange a time.