Somerset

Unwanted coats collected 'to keep Syrian refugees warm and dry'

Coats being sorted
Image caption The clothes were collected from farmers and local hunts and shoots

Somerset's farming community has been donating old winter coats to help those living in Syrian refugee camps keep warm and dry.

They were being collected earlier at Sedgemoor Market near Bridgwater.

Richard Walton from Taunton came up with the idea "because country folk know how to keep dry in the winter".

He said the farming community had come together with members of local hunts and shoots which had encouraged their members to donate surplus clothing.

"People in Syria are being displaced and they've lost everything," Mr Walton said.

"Winter's coming and people will die - there's a definite need - if we can supply one person with one coat then we've made a small difference."

He said Country Coats to Syria would sort and pack the donations before they were passed on to the charity Syria Relief which will arrange for their transport.

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