Kenilworth Lions lends support to refugee effort by hiring van to transport donations

Kenilworth Lion John Whitehouse and Richard Dickson help load the van with donated items
Kenilworth Lion John Whitehouse and Richard Dickson help load the van with donated items

Kenilworth Lions has lent its support to the town’s refugee initiative which began in September by paying for the hiring of a van to transport donated items down to a sorting office in Slough.

The generosity of Kenilworth residents meant that the first van load was only able to take half of the items donated down to the CalAid warehouse.

The rest of the items will now be donated to Syrian refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos after being transported in the new van to a warehouse in South Oxfordshire, where they will be consolidated with other essential supplies.

Ray Hulse, chair of the Kenilworth Lions’ Community Services Committee, said: “Lions internationally and locally have a proud record of supporting people caught up in humanitarian tragedies around the world. Kenilworth Lions is very pleased to be supporting this local initiative.”

Richard Dickson, who played a leading role in the collections, said: “One of the things, perhaps above all else, that makes Kenilworth and the surrounding area special is its long history of being generous towards those in need, whatever their situation.”