Charity event at Longhouse raises thousands for Syrian orphans


‘A Night for Syria’ at the Longhouse, helped to raise £4,012 for children orphaned by the war in Syria.
Performances were given by Syrian singer Areej Zayat, folk artist Martin Faulkner, folk duo Curtis and Kin and fiddle player Seona Chapman.
Everyone involved gave their time and services for free for the evening in aid of the Syrian Trust for Development.
The Non Government Organisation (NGO) supports vulnerable children and helps provide them with education.
In November 2015, director of Mill on the Brue, Tricia Rawlingson-Plant visited the Greek island of Samos which has been overwhelmed with people fleeing the conflict in the Middle East.
She said the Syrian people she met were often educated and always grateful for the help they received.
“It was a great evening and we met some of those Syrians affected by the war,” said Tricia.
“Providing our venue free of charge for this event was the least we could do.
“Having run numerous summer camps and school field trips at Mill on the Brue for many years, we are well aware of the importance education plays in children’s development.
“The children who have suffered so much in Syria are now suffering even more by a lack of education.
“I hope this money will make a difference for some of them.”