Update 15th February 2023
Mountain Warehouse Will Donate Profits To DEC Earthquake Appeal After Request From South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland
South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland has been assisting the Wiltshire Turkish Community here in Swindon with their relief efforts following the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and northern Syria.
Following an urgent request for winter tents from the Wiltshire Turkish Community, Sir Robert has been in touch with Mountain Warehouse today, and received the following brilliant response from CEO Mark Neale:
“We have decided to donate all of our profits from sales tomorrow, at all of our 264 stores, as well as online sales, to the DEC campaign for the earthquake.”
Sir Robert said:
“Thank you to all at Mountain Warehouse for this wonderful effort. I hope that other businesses will be inspired to support our local Turkish communities here in the UK, as they provide urgent assistance to those affected in Turkey.”
A collection point has been set up at the Wiltshire Turkish Community Centre here in Swindon, however, details of the donations required, as well as deadlines for delivery, are constantly changing as transport is arranged. Therefore, for anyone wanting to donate, we would urge you to check the up-to-date information, which is regularly posted on the Wiltshire Turkish Community Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/WTurkishCommunity Sir Robert will also be sharing this information on his Facebook page and website here: https://www.facebook.com/robertbucklandofficial
You can donate to the DEC Appeal here: https://donation.dec.org.uk/turkey-syria-earthquake-appeal
Update 12th February 2023
A message from our friends at Wiltshire Turkish Community Centre
DONATIONS FOR TÜRKIYE EARTHQUAKE APPEAL
We have been working very hard since Tuesday to get all the donations packed and sent out. On Wednesday we put a hold on the donations due to transport however we are now accepting donations as normal.
We as the Turkish community are grateful for the amount of donations, we had a great outcome but we are not done because we know that Our people need Our help.
The list of donations that are urgently needed are;
Heaters( gas and electric)
Baby food (We are only accepting powder baby formula)
Baby bottles and dummies
Nappies (All sizes is welcome)
Rash cream for babies
Women's Sanitary products (Pads, Panty liners, Diaper Pads)
One use bathing wipes
Antibacterial spray/ wipes
Water purification tablets
If you have any donations the address is: 47 Beatrice Street, Swindon Gorsehill Wiltshire Turkish Community Building
The deadline for these donations are Tuesday 14th of February at 13:00. Thank you
Update 10th February 2023
A big thank you to Voluntary Action Swindon (VAS) who were able to help the Turkish Community at this time, as two members of VAS staff, both of Turkish origin, were at the Centre in Swindon helping prepare the first shipment of goods to Turkey.
A Message of Thanks from the Chairperson of the Wiltshire Turkish Community Centre
‘’Thank you all for your kindness in a difficult time for Turkey and Syria. Thanks to all the good people who brought the much-needed goods to us in hour of need. We pray that these goods now reach the victims and survivors of the catastrophic earthquakes in Turkey and Syria
“The Wiltshire Turkish Community been inundated with donations, which is a great thing and wonderful reflection of human nature at its best. For now collections are ON HOLD to avoid there being a storage issue at the Centre.
“The first phase of the response the earthquakes is a search and rescue phase. On the back of that, they will then address humanitarian needs. Then should another shipment be arranged we the Wiltshire Turkish Community Centre will share information through social media.
“Many thanks to you all from Wiltshire Turkish Community Centre."
Turkey-Syria earthquake: UK charities launch DEC disaster appeal
An appeal has been launched by the UK's Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to help hundreds of thousands of people affected by earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria.
UK aid agencies - including the British Red Cross, Oxfam and ActionAid - are joining together to raise money.
Funds will go towards medical aid, emergency shelter, food and clean water after the quakes injured thousands.
The appeal was broadcast on TV on Thursday evening.
More than 15,000 people have died, with that number expected to rise.
The UK government will match the first £5m of donations from the public. Money raised will also provide blankets, warm clothes and heaters for safe spaces.