A BURTON NHS worker is set to form part of a charity convoy to help deliver vital aid to Syrian refugees.
Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust weight management advisor, Zee Begum, will travel to the Turkish border at the end of March as part of an effort to help those whose lives have been torn apart by the fighting in the country.
Miss begum, who works for the East Staffs Waistlines Adult Management Service , will temporarily leave her day job to head for the Turkish border with SKT Welfare, a charity dedicated to supporting the people of Syria.
Blankets, tents, baby formula, warm clothing and medical equipment will be transported in the convoy of more than 40 ambulances which are expected to arrive on April 8.
Charity workers will then distribute aid to Syrian families forced out of their homes by the conflict.
The NHS employee began fund-raising for the mission more than 12 months ago.
She told the Mail: “I hope to raise enough funds to provide more aid and also build awareness of the plight of Syrian refugees who are in desperate need of help and support.”
The mission has received great interest especially from her colleagues at the Waistlines Adults Management Service.
Dietician, Liz Humphreysm said; “Zee’s mission is very important and we are incredibly proud of her efforts. The whole team wishes Zee a safe and successful journey.”
At the end of the journey, the ambulances used in the convoy will remain behind, becoming a resource for medics at refugee camp. Volunteer teams then make their own way home to the UK.
A JustGiving charity page has been set up for donations and is available by visiting www.justgiving.com/zaytoon-Hussain
Any money raised will go towards funding ongoing SKT Welfare projects.
SKT Welfare is a charity organisation which offer support to vulnerable families and communities.
The organisation was formed in 2008 following the onset of the Syrian conflict and is funded entirely on donations.
More information is available by visiting www.sktwelfare.org