Charity Jacob’s Well is appealing for the people of Beverley to donate medical supplies which are now being shipped directly into war-torn Syria.
Next month Jacob’s Well will send its first consignment of medical aid into Syria, having successfully shipped 36 containers of clothes and hygiene products into the country in the past 18 months.
They have forged partnerships with large hospitals in several different cities and now have an agreement from the Government that containers of medical aid will be allowed in without hindrance.
Charity leader John Beynon said: “We have plenty of medical supplies that we can contribute, so we are asking people to please dig deep and help us to help these desperate people.
“We are also appealing to pharmacies, doctors’ surgeries and hospitals to donate any medical items that they can spare. We guarantee that all the items will go to needy hospitals within Syria.”
You can text 70070 with the message JWAS16, then specify the amount (£5, £10, £15 etc). Donations can be made on the website www.jaacobswellappeal.org and at the charity’s shops in Beverley, Bridlington or Withernsea or at its offices on Swinemoor Lane, Beverley.
Since the conflict began in 2011, more than 300 000 people have been killed within Syria – more than the entire population of Hull.
At the same time, 9.5m people have fled the country. What is less known is the extreme crisis facing the hospitals there.
During the conflict, more than 177 major hospitals have been destroyed, many in attacks that have deliberately targeted health-care facilities. In 2015 alone, 697 doctors, pharmacists, dentists, nurses and other health personnel lost their lives in these targeted attacks.
Health-care workers are leaving the region in droves – 60% of Syria’s hospitals are now either closed or functioning in a seriously reduced capacity.
Jacob’s Well had previously sent trucks of clothing and blankets to help the Syrian migrants in Macedonia.
However, up until now, it had been unable to get any medical supplies inside Syria itself.
Last month for the first time, the door opened, as Mr Beynon decided instantly that they must help.