Lyndon boy donates bags of warm clothes for Syrian refugees in Calais - The Solihull Observer

Lyndon boy donates bags of warm clothes for Syrian refugees in Calais

Solihull Editorial 24th Jan, 2018   0

SCREEN time certainly has its benefits as a Lyndon boy has been inspired to help Syrian refugees once again.

Owen Lonnon has been collecting coats and warm clothes to help those in Calais and the surrounding area after he saw a charity advert appealing to help those in need.

Last year the kind-hearted seven-year-old baked, decorated and sold cakes and raised funds for a charity which has been sending supplies to Idlib, the city nearest to Aleppo.

Owen wasn’t deterred when he was told he was too young to go over to northern France to help out and decided this time he wanted to do something which he could see, rather than raising money this time.

So he took to social media and called on his friends and followers to donate coats and warm clothes to send over to help those seeking refuge.

The Valley Primary School pupil collected 42 coats, along with hats, scarves, gloves, and jumpers, have been handed to the Care4Calais group.

Owen said he feels really good having collected so many coats to help people.

He added: “I hope it will help everyone who has been running away from anything bad, especially the children.”

The clothing Owen has collected has already made its way across the Channel and is being handed out to refugees.

Proud parents Alision and Adrian said: “He’s so caring and to have the idea of wanting to help after seeing the news is amazing.

“I’m sure having done two very successful charity events, that Owen won’t stop there.”

Care4Calais is a UK and French registered charity that aims to deliver essential aid and support to refugees in Northern France and other areas, and to encourage the wider public to be more welcoming towards refugees.

Sue Jex, trustee at the charity, said: “I was amazed to see someone so young caring for other people in a way Owen has.

“He is so thoughtful and we were blown away by his donation.”

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