WIRRAL has been rallying to a call by Russell Taylor Group to help Syrian refugees by donating essential items for their survival.
Tragic images in the news spurred managing director Ben Russell to appeal to the public to help refugees who fled their homes to places like the Greek island of Kos.
The result was a weekend which saw thousands of items – from toothbrushes and nappies to warm clothing and pop-up tents – being dropped off at the Marsh Cat restaurant in Parkgate, which is owned by Ben.
A further appeal for volunteer drivers to transport the goods to a holding point at the Russell Taylor Group headquarters in Bromborough also resulted in a massive response from the local community.
The initiative began after restaurant Ben was moved by the plight of the refugees fleeing to the island of Kos.
He said: “Everybody says 'We should do something'. So we did – and the result was absolutely staggering.
“Once word got out that we would be accepting goods, there was hardly a minute over the weekend when people weren't dropping items off here.
Donations were coming from all over Wirral – the generosity of people has been unbelievable.”
Such was the volume of donations that the Marsh Cat found itself unable to fit everything in at its premises.
Ben decided to use the headquarters of the technical and recruitment businesses Russell Taylor and Recruit Right on Riverside Park for storage until it can be shipped out to Greece by the charity Kos Kindess.
He added: “Then we obviously needed drivers to transport everything from Parkgate to Bromborough. Again, the response was phenomenal and within a short time we had a huge team of volunteer drivers helping out.
“All this started with a conversation with the charity which is desperately in need of things like warm clothing, baby blankets, children's shoes, baby bottles and toiletries to help families fleeing from Syria.
“Initially, we just asked people to search through their homes to see if they had any unwanted items to donate. However, many people had obviously gone out shopping to buy new goods which arrived at the Marsh Cat as well as at our Bromborough sites in amounts that I can only describe as mountains.”
“We are all overwhelmed by everyone's generosity which proves that we can make a difference by doing our bit to help this tragic situation.”