Portishead grandmother hopes to raise £1,500 for refugee parents in Greece

PUBLISHED: 16:02 28 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:02 28 June 2018

Refugees at the camp Pam Sayer volunteered at. Picture: Tony Sayer

Refugees at the camp Pam Sayer volunteered at. Picture: Tony Sayer

Tony Sayer

A Portishead grandmother has made it her mission to raise money for refugees and to support a European country’s crumbling economy.

Pam Sayer. Picture: Tony SayerPam Sayer. Picture: Tony Sayer

Pam Sayer, aged 72, spent a month volunteering for Eurorelief at a refugee camp in Lesbos, off the coast of Greece and Turkey.

During her time there, Pam said she was ‘heartbroken’ by the lack of provision for new parents with young children.

She said: “As a mother and a grandmother I found it extremely hard when two weeks ago, we had a buggy distribution in the camp.

“Some money had been given by a group in Slovenia to enable them to be bought but unfortunately I witnesses first hand which the criteria to receive a buggy was so strict as we did not have enough of them for everyone who needed one.

“I had a woman coming up to the office and begging me for one as she said she was by herself and could not carry her months old baby any more.

“That for me was a heartbreaking situation to be in so I am determined to start a campaign.”

She hopes to raise a minimum of £1,500 to buy at least 30 buggies at 30 euros each from Greece to support the local economy which has been impacted as a result of the refugee crisis – no second-hand buggies will be accepted due to health and safety.

Pam left for Greece on April 21 for one month and worked with as many as 30 volunteers from around the world. She was the only British citizen in the camp.

She added: “All of the refugees I met came from war-torn countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan and many of whom were keen to learn English.

“Conditions in the camp, which was a former military camp, were very poor and Moria camp has a reputation for being one of the worst in Europe with its uneven and steep terrain.”

Pam spent her time pitching tents and helping to support around 7,000 refugees in the camp.

She said: “There was frequent unrest in the camp because there are so many people from different countries all together and vulnerable people such as minors and single women, many from the Congo who had been abuse, and those suffering from psychological trauma who needed to be kept separate to try and recover a little.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.co.uk/crowdfunding/pamsayer-refugee-stroller-fund-1

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