4:02 pm, Sat 31 Aug 2013
A volunteer has told how the people of Syria are finding it increasingly difficult to get hold of basic supplies as the conflict in the country rages on.
Speaking to ITV Central, volunteer for Midlands-based international aid charity Hand in Hand for Syria, Noor Al-Dairi, explained how it's children who are suffering the most from the violence.
She spent the afternoon outside the ASDA store in West Bridgford in Nottingham collecting donated items.
People have been asked to give nappies, blankets, baby milk, educational materials, women's hygiene products, medical equipment and supplies, and baby clothes, among other items.
A similar collection in Birmingham has also been taking place at the Pat Kavanagh bar in Moseley.
There Hand in Hand for Syria volunteer Jo Tura, said supplies would be transported into the war-torn country from Turkey.
3:29 pm, Sat 31 Aug 2013
People in Syria are desperate for basic supplies as food shortages and a lack of medical supplies takes its toll, according to a Midland doctor.
Dr Omar Abdul Gabbar, an NHS spinal surgeon from Leicester and trustee of international aid charity Hand in Hand for Syria, said:
Civilians are dying of traumatic injuries that could be successfully operated on and from chronic and perfectly treatable conditions, if the medical supplies and expertise were available.
There is virtually no formula milk and growing food shortages across the country are affecting an estimated four million people.
People are desperate for the basics simply to survive.
3:20 pm, Sat 31 Aug 2013
Two collection events are being held in the Midlands as part of an appeal to help people in Syria affected by the ongoing conflict.
International charity Hand in Hand for Syria has set up collection points at Asda West Bridgford, Nottingham, and The Pat Kavanagh bar in Moseley, Birmingham.
People have been asked to donate nappies, blankets, baby milk, educational materials, women's hygiene products, medical equipment and supplies, and baby clothes, among other items.