Refugee crisis sparks Derry pop-up shop

Syrian migrants arrive in Lesbos. David Vance says: "Everyone of these 'refugees' who have chosen to leave Turkey and Greece and venture deeper into Europe are demonstrably economic migrants." (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Syrian migrants arrive in Lesbos. David Vance says: "Everyone of these 'refugees' who have chosen to leave Turkey and Greece and venture deeper into Europe are demonstrably economic migrants." (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The local branch of Save the Children have announced their intention to set up a pop-up shop in Derry’s city centre in response to the current Refugee Crisis.

The Derry branch have confirmed that the pop up shop will be set up in Waterloo Place on Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd October.

A spokesperson for the local Save The Children branch said: “This is a response to the current refugee crisis and the horrific scenes that we have seen in the media in recent weeks.

“All the money that is raised will go directly to the Save the Children workers who are on the ground in Europe helping families and in particular the unaccompanied children that have arrived and are extremely vulnerable.”

Describing how local people can contribute, the spokesperson added: “Everybody can help us by bringing good quality clothes and unwanted presents for us to sell. Donations can be brought to the shop on Monday morning between 11am and 1pm. The shop will be well sign-posted and is just two doors from Supervalu in Waterloo Place.

“You can also help us by visiting the shop and buying some of our goods. We have a lot of designer and good quality clothes and other items for sale.”

Last year Save the Children helped 17.4 million children through their work across the globe. Last year saw the charity responding to 97 emergencies in 54 countries - delivering life-saving food, water, healthcare, protection and education to over five million people.

In terms of the current crisis, Save the Children said that many refugee children are frightened, homeless and many have witnessed unspeakable horrors.

“Our teams are working across Europe and in the countries they are fleeing to provide aid and support,” the website says.

For more information on the charity and its work go to: www.savethechildren.org.uk.