Northamptonshire woman offers to house asylum-seeking Syrian children

The Shire Horse pub in Corby was one drop-off point for parcels
The Shire Horse pub in Corby was one drop-off point for parcels

A Northamptonshire woman has urged people to foster unaccompanied asylum-seeking children after hosting a meeting to collect clothes for those in crisis.

Karen McLuskey from Corby held the meeting last Friday after hearing of the much-debated Syrian crisis, with thousands of refugees attempting to flee the Middle Eastern country.

I’ve got a spare bedroom so it makes sense to host someone who really needs help.

Karen McLuskey

And she feels the people of Corby can do more to help those ‘not as fortunate as us’.

She said: “I’ve got a spare bedroom so it makes sense to host someone who really needs help.

“The Government don’t seem to be taking too many refugees in but why can’t we help them?”

“I’ve spoken to a lot of people who just want to help.

“We can’t just stand back and watch it happen.”

More than 20 people donated parcels of clothes and toiletries at drop-off points at the Safe Haven centre and Shire Horse pub in the town.

The meeting was called after a Corby councillor’s Facebook post about the situation was shared by more than 6,000 people.

Cllr Matt Reay said: “We had a brilliant response to the meeting and it’s really brought people together.

“When you see people boarding a boat to get here knowing full well it could capsize it shows how desperate they are.

“Britain isn’t full at all and we can stretch the resources to allow them to live here.”

Karen said she ‘had to do something’ after being moved to tears by Cllr Reay’s post.

She added: “After reading it I registered to house children and it has touched a lot of people.

“There are a lot of people with the space and I’d urge anyone who can to help.”

If you are happy to be contacted about welcoming asylum-seeking children, visit http://www.homeforgood.org.uk/respond/.