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More than £60,000 raised to help D&G charity save lives in Syria

Walkers begin the trek. Photo: ITV Border

More than £60,000 has been raised to help a Dumfries and Galloway charity save children's lives in Syria.

The HALO Trust, which is based at Carronfoot near Thornhill, is carrying out mine risk education programmes in the war-torn country.

They organised a 30km 'Walk for Syria' around their base in the south west of Scotland, to raise funds and awareness.

Around 300 walkers took part, including Love Island TV stars Camilla Thurlow and Jamie Jewitt.

Camilla is from Dumfries and Galloway, and previously worked as an explosive ordnance disposal officer for HALO in Cambodia, Mozambique and the Caucasus.

Camilla Thurlow Credit: ITV Border

Having worked for HALO and worked in the field I know how much of a difference this will make. It will save lives, save limbs, and mean that children can safely play, which they need to be able to do.

It will allow the country to begin reconstruction efforts. It's genuinely such an important project and so I'm very very lucky to be able to come and raise money for it."

– Camilla Thurlow

After eight years of conflict in Syria, an estimated 8.2 million people live surrounded by abandoned explosive hazards that maim or kill indiscriminately.

Credit: ITV Border

We want the public to know that they can do something to help these innocent victims of war. The funds raised will help HALO to teach tens of thousands of Syrian children and adults how to keep themselves as safe as possible until large-scale clearance can begin. Every child we teach is a child made safer."

– James Cowan, CEO, The HALO Trust

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