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Sleep-out to show support for victims of Syria conflict

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 28, 2013

By SIMON PARKER

The open-air sleep-over at Penzance is to help those fleeing from the conflict in Syria like these at the refugee camp in Zaatari, Jordan

The open-air sleep-over at Penzance is to help those fleeing from the conflict in Syria like these at the refugee camp in Zaatari, Jordan

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The plight of Syrian refugees will be on the minds of a group of "rough sleepers" in Cornwall next week as they raise funds for ShelterBox.

Touched by the news that some two million people have already fled Syria and a further four million remain displaced within the country, a group of friends are planning a sleep-out in solidarity.

The sponsored sleep-over will take place in the open air, regardless of the weather, at Tremenheere Sculpture Garden, Penzance, from 7pm on Saturday, October 5 until daybreak the next morning.

Organiser Joseph Clarke, of NO SHELTER, said: "Our aim is to show solidarity with the millions of people fleeing the conflict in Syria. At the same time we want to raise funds for ShelterBox."

Joseph said he hoped people in Cornwall and elsewhere would get behind the unsheltered sleep-out, either by joining in and inviting friends and family to sponsor them, or by making a donation direct to ShelterBox. The initiative has already raised £930, with donations coming in daily. The Helston-based charity which provides shelter and survival materials to the victims of disasters across the world, has already sent aid to 4,500 families caught up in the Syrian crisis and now living in refugee camps in neighbouring Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon and Jordan.

With winter approaching, conditions are expected to worsen, with freezing temperatures. ShelterBox is aiming to provide aid to a further 5,000 families during the coming months. Alison Wallace, the Cornish charity's CEO, praised those planning to take part in the Tremenheere sleep-out.

She said: "Everyone here at ShelterBox is very impressed by the intrepid group planning to stay outdoors and braving the October chill.

"It is a great way of raising money for our Syrian Refugee Appeal. They are showing real empathy with the plight of the Syrian people by demonstrating what it must be like to have lost almost everything and with a cruel winter approaching. I know we can rely on Western Morning News readers for generous support, as always."

For further information visit shelterbox.org/syria

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