New premises for High Peak refugee group

The Hummingbird Project refugee aid team (Jen Targhi, Pam Lake, Jo Gregory and Beau, 6).
The Hummingbird Project refugee aid team (Jen Targhi, Pam Lake, Jo Gregory and Beau, 6).
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A community group which has been sending aid to help refugees fleeing war-torn Syria has just opened up new premises from where it will direct its humanitarian efforts.

The Hummingbird Project - an amalgamation of three other refugee aid projects from the High Peak which recently joined forces - has been granted a short term lease on premises at 1 London Road to use as a base to take, sort and distribute donations.

The project, which is spearheaded by local women Pam Lake and Jo Gregory, has only been running 12 weeks and has already sent ‘tonnes’ of aid to those in need in hundreds of boxes.

Pam said: “It is the best thing I have ever been involved in - to see how local people have helped us has just been totally inspiring.

“Everybody has been absolutely brilliant - we’ve even had people in donating their winter fuel allowance.”

After being loaded into containers by the group’s 20-strong team of volunteers, the aid has then been sent to Calais, Dunquerque, a number of Greek islands and Syria itself.

The group is currently appealing for warm, as new, coats, jumpers, fleeces, for adults and children, winter boots and shoes, socks, new underwear, sleeping bags and tents.

Its unusual name is a reference to the story of the Hummingbird and Forest Fire in which a hummingbird attempts to put out a forest fire, one drop at a time.

Shop opening hours are Monday and Friday, noon-4pm; and Saturday, 11am-3pm.

The group can be contacted via its Facebook page.