Vigil at cathedral in support of refugees
A vigil is being held at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Sunday to raise money and support for Syrian refugees fleeing their war-torn home.
The event, organised by Christian Aid, comes as Suffolk’s Public Sector Leaders (SPSL) agreed to work together so the county can “accept its fair share” of refugees, at a meeting on September 18.
A public sector working group is being set up to coordinate efforts between housing, health care, education , policing, support services and the voluntary sector for that aim.
Councillor Jennie Jenkins, SPSL chairman, said: “It is important that we all make a positive contribution to respond to the needs of the vulnerable Syrian refugees who are being resettled in the UK.
“We will put provision in place to meet the needs of those who come to Suffolk in the coming months.”
Sunday’s vigil, from 6pm, hopes to raise as much money as possible to help the thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Syria.
Simon Snell, Christian Aid’s Regional Coordinator for Suffolk, said: “We encourage the people of Bury St Edmunds and Suffolk to support the Refugee Crisis Appeal and help us respond to the immediate needs of refugees on the move and in the overcrowded, dangerous camps of Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.
“Hundreds and thousands of people have been killed in the country’s conflict and 50 per cent of the Syrian population are now displaced, with more than 4.1 million people forced to seek safety outside the country.
“Your donations could help provide much-needed basic essentials, including nourishing food, warm blankets and health care.”
To donate to the charity’s Refugee Crisis Appeal fund please visit donate.christianaid.org.uk/refugees.