Last week Tranmere Rovers donated over 300 items of clothing to Refugee Assist, a local organisation that supports refugees and asylum seekers who are settling on the Wirral and its surrounding areas.
Refugee Assist was initially set up in 2021 to support refugees fleeing from Afghanistan. Since its inception, Refugee Assist has grown rapidly and now provides support to people from across the globe including those displaced by the war in Ukraine.
Chris Young, the founder of Refugee Assist, said:
‘We set up on September 3rd 2021, initially just as a Facebook group to support Afghan refugees and asylum seekers who sought sanctuary in our local communities. Since then we’ve become a registered CIC with seven directors supporting people from all over the world that have fled war and persecution including an Afghan family who we housed locally. They’re wonderful and warm and had a normal everyday life back in their homeland, like many of us here.’
Through Tranmere’s close links with Hammers Supporting Foodbanks, we were able to offer Refugee Assist 6 boxes of clothes, including hoodies, jumpers, t-shirts and tracksuits to then distribute to the people they support.
Tranmere’s Senior Community Manager, Matt Houghton, said:
‘Thanks to our links with Hammers Supporting Foodbanks, we’re able to offer assistance to organisations like Refugee Assist who are directly supporting people fleeing war and other challenging situations. As one of Wirral’s anchor institutions, we have a responsibility to offer support where possible to all members of our community regardless of whether they were born here or they have come to settle here. We’re delighted to have been able to help out in getting these clothes to people in need.’
Chris dropped into Prenton Park last week to collect the clothes and said:
‘Tranmere’s donation of clothes will be a huge help for those who’ve arrived here with just the clothes on their backs, many after months of travelling in horrendous conditions. Thank you to all at Tranmere Rovers for your help, to help those in need.’