Doncaster business donates stock to help refugee crisis

Frances Bishop, pictured with some of the stock being donated to Save the Children. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP Pud MC 2
Frances Bishop, pictured with some of the stock being donated to Save the Children. Picture: Marie Caley NDFP Pud MC 2
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A Doncaster businesswoman is donating hundreds of items of children’s clothing in a bid to help with the Syrian refugee crisis.

Frances Bishop and her staff from children’s 
clothing boutique Pud are donating around 600 items of sale stock to Save The Children.

Mrs Bishop was compelled to support the charity after being moved by the harrowing photograph of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi’s body washed up on a Turkish beach.

She said: “We’ve been wanting to do something for charity for a while and the image of Aylan Kurdi on the beach was the catalyst for that.

“As soon as I saw that picture it had a real effect on me.

“His lifeless body brought home the reality of the humanitarian crisis facing Syrian refugees.

“As parents ourselves, this image of an innocent little boy is beyond any imaginable comprehension.

“Each day we are oblivious to the hardships faced by people here in our home country and across the world.

“But we can all do something to help.

“And that starts with kindness.”

Mrs Bishop, who has 
a two-year-old son, 
Oscar, is donating stock from her Doncaster store in King’s Arcade in St 
Sepulchre Gate and her other branches in Newark and Nottingham.

She said: “It’s a small gesture but we wanted to do our bit.

“It shows that people don’t just have to donate money, it’s about thinking of other ways to help.

“We had stock rooms full of sale stock in our three stores and thought we would rather see all the items go to a good cause.”

Staff at the stores are also encouraging customers to get involved by bringing in any good quality, unsoiled items to add to the collection.

Save The Children is working around the clock to deliver lifesaving and life-changing aid to refugee children and help protect their lives and their futures.

The move comes as it was announced by Prime Minister David Cameron that the UK will accept 
up to 20,000 refugees from Syria over the next five years.