Chesterfield residents thanked for helping Afghan refugees

People of Chesterfield have been thanked for their genorosity after coming to the aid of Afghan refugees.

Tuesday, 31st August 2021, 11:55 am
Updated Tuesday, 31st August 2021, 11:55 am

Earlier this month, the Derbyshire Times reported that Chesterfield Stand Up To Racism was collecting donations of various items to help Afghan refugees arriving in the UK.

Jeannie Robinson, of the group, said this week: “Thank you to all readers for donating so generously to our call for aid to the Afghans.

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Well done to the people of Chesterfield for donating items which will help the refugees.

“We delivered five car loads full to Derby at the end of last week and already our storage is full again.

“Eighty Afghans are being housed temporarily in Derby.

“Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity there are doing a great job supporting them.

“We are halting donations for now but as the refugees get more permanent homes we will reopen.”

Members of Chesterfield Stand Up To Racism with posters saying 'Afghan refugees welcome here'.

The UK has so far pledged to take 5,000 Afghan refugees this year and 20,000 over five years – after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.

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Thousands of Afghan refugees are fleeing the Taliban and coming to the UK.