ASHBOURNE families are being asked to support an appeal to fund blankets for people in Syria as the bitter weather sets in.
The British Red Cross, which is preparing to send £3 million of aid in to Syria, has launched a separate emergency plan to provide additional high-thermal blankets.
The charity is already providing food parcels and family hygiene kits as well as thermal blankets.
However the severe weather means a separate specific appeal is needed to provide an extra, emergency delivery of specialist blankets.
British Red Cross Chief Executive Sir Nick Young said: “More than six million people have been forced from their homes and are now facing another harsh winter with barely anything to protect them from the biting cold.
“And tragically, as is so often the case, the people who make up these awful statistics are largely ordinary people.
“Many are living in damaged buildings with no heating and little in the way of winter clothing.”
The appeal will help to fund 60,000 blankets which will be distributed by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent within Syria.
The Syrian Arab Red Crescent has been trying to move some internally displaced people living in tents into fixed structures such as schools and other public buildings as the weather gets worse.
The UN now estimates close to 10 million people will be in need of help within Syria by the end of this year.
More information is available online at www.redcross.org.uk/syriablankets