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Blackburn charity appeal to buy girl artificial leg
Updated 10:05am Wednesday 14th May 2014 in News
AN appeal has been launched to buy a new leg for a Syrian girl who was injured in a bomb blast.
Staff from Blackburn-based charity the Al-Imdaad Foundation are currently in Syria carrying out aid work on the ground.
At the borders of Syria in Reyhanli, the teams visited a rehabilitation centre where many refugees are being treated due to the ongoing crisis inside the country.
At the centre they met a 14-year-old girl called Noor who had her leg amputated after being hurt in a bomb blast.
Noor urgently requires an artificial leg, which will cost £1,000 initially, and then more for ongoing support.
After meeting Noor, the East Lancashire charity made a promise to deliver the artificial leg to the young girl.
Al-Imdaad has named the appeal ‘Help Noor Walk Again’, and the charity wants to raise enough to buy the artificial leg.
The aid workers filmed an appeal from inside the rehabilitation centre, and released a YouTube video, asking people to donate.
The rehab centre also desperately needs ten wheelchairs that cost £150 each and five electric beds, which cost £3,000 each.
International projects co-ordinator, Zubair Valimulla, said: “It is really heartbreaking to see a beautiful young girl in this state, losing her leg due to a bomb blast.
“At once, we made a promise, you will walk again.”
Noor said: “I want to walk again, I have my whole life ahead of me. I don’t want to be bed-bound.”
As well as visiting the rehabilitation centre, teams from the charity have been spending their time in refugee camps on the borders been Syria and neighbouring Turkey and Jordan, delivering food and medical aid.
Donations from people in East Lancashire have enabled the charity to buy more than 300 tonnes of flour, which will allow the bakery to produce bread to feed more than 50,000 Syrians daily for a month.
To donate visit: http://www.alimdaad.co.uk/
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX-hBoaU5_c&feature=youtu.be&ac.