Hilda is heading back to Greece today to help more refugees

A man in a life-jacket is supported off the boats and on to dry land at Lesvos, Greece (pic: Hilda Orr).

A man in a life-jacket is supported off the boats and on to dry land at Lesvos, Greece (pic: Hilda Orr).

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A local woman who earlier this year spent two weeks on the Greek island of Lesvos helping refugees, is going back to Greece.

Hilda Orr felt compelled to go “where there was the most need” after watching television reports of the thousands of refugees fleeing war-tron countries in the Middle East with little to nothing with them.

This time she will be joined by six others from Strabane and another from Derry, and they are all going directly to Athens where she will continue to help stranded families fleeing from countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Explaining the trip she said, “I will be travelling light and all the money raised on our crowd-funding page will go towards buying food, tents, blankets, shoes, baby products, pushchairs or whatever the greatest needs are out there when we arrive.

“St Vincent de Paul have also been brilliant as they are sending a container over which will arrive when I am there. I have been able to put items on there that will help a family that I was able to find accommodation for on my last trip. The woman is pregnant so it was imperative that she found a home.”

Explaining why she had been inspired to go, Hilda simply said, “There is no greater joy than helping people in need, and I feel I can make a difference in Greece, even in a small way.

“I’ve said many times, we may not be able to make a difference for everyone but we can certainly make a difference for a few.”

You can donate to Hilda’s fund at http://bit.ly/1TF7KEr