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Tables, toys and toasters needed for Syrian refugees heading to Norfolk

A Syrian refugee child at a settlement camp. Credit: Press Association.

Bed frames, sofas and toasters are needed to help vulnerable Syrian refugees settle into a new life in Norfolk.

Norfolk County Council is appealing for donations of furniture and household items as the area prepares to welcome the final seven families as part of the government's resettlement scheme.

Last summer, councillors voted overwhelmingly to accept 50 refugees into Norfolk and five families arrived back in February.

Over the next few months, the remaining families will make their move to the county.

Young Syrian refugees. Credit: Press Association.

"There was an incredible response earlier this year when Norfolk residents gave a warm welcome to the first five Syrian refugee families. Communities gave so much in time, money and donations to this appeal.

"It’s wonderful to hear how well they are settling in to their new homes and am pleased to hear that the children are all doing well in their schools.

"I have no doubt that the people of Norfolk will continue to extend the hand of friendship to the next families arriving soon."

– Cliff Jordan, Leader, Norfolk County Council.
Syrian refugee children playing at a settlement camp. Credit: Press Association.

The families have already began preparations for their move to Norfolk.

Adults have been having intensive English lessons while people in Hunstanton arranged for them to visit the seaside town to learn about the area's history.

Items needed are:

  • Bed frames and bedside cabinets
  • Bookshelves
  • Childcare items and toys
  • Dining tables
  • Small appliances (such as toasters and microwaves)
  • Sofas and armchairs (these must have a fire safety label)
  • Televisions, DVD players and set top boxes
  • Wardrobes, chests of drawers and dressing tables
  • Amazon, Argos, Curry’s or B&Q gift vouchers

These items are not needed:

  • Bedding and towels
  • Clothing
  • Crockery and cutlery
  • Cups and glasses
  • Food
  • Mattresses (unless new)

To tell the council about any items you would like to donate, go to the government's digital register: