A COMMUNITY group has delivered more than two tonnes of food and other necessities to help refugees in the wake of the crisis in Afghanistan.

Newton and Earlestown Community Group (NECG) put out an appeal for donations to help refugees here and in Afghanistan which received a massive response.

With 17,000 people having clicked on or engaged with the Facebook post, the NECG rented a hire van, and after numerous trips, delivered more than two tonnes of food, clothes and equipment donated by residents.

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They have been delivered the refugee support network in St Helens and also to a national charity in Manchester.

Thousands of items of clothes, hundreds of pairs of shoes, food, tents, sleeping bags, toiletries and much else had been donated.

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Seve Gomez-Aspron, of NECG, said: “Once the situation in Afghanistan became apparent last week, there was a strong public opinion in Newton-le-Willows that we wanted to do something to help.

"The response was amazing and everything was donated over a day and a half. And a massive thanks goes out to Tesco Earlestown, Wargrave Church, Newton Community Centre and all those who donated thousands of items to the appeal.”

  • Anyone wants to support the appeal, can contact Care for Calais or look at their website care4calais.org .