Newcastle students remain in Budapest to help stranded refugees

Aidan Panagarry and friend Ridley Browell are helping migrants in Hungary Credit: Aiden Panagarry

Two students from Newcastle have decided to remain in Hungary after arriving into Budapest station two days ago and witnessing first hand the plight of thousands of Syrian refugees. Aidan Panagarry and Ridley Browell from Hexham were on a three week travelling holiday when their train pulled into the station. They were horrified by scenes of refugees struggling without food, water or medical supplies.

The scenes captured by the pair at Budapest Train Station Credit: Aidan Panagarry
Aiden describes people sleeping in pizza boxes for beds Credit: Aiden Panagarry

The pair decided to remain in the capital and appeal on Facebook for donations to help buy vital supplies. Friends from across Tyneside started pledging money and now the men have spent days buying supplies from local shops and taking it to the many thousands of people desperate for help. Aidan today told ITV Tyne Tees:

There were tents everywhere, people penned in, hardly any water. There was doctors trying to tend people with sores on their feet, things like that. And me and Ridley were in bits, we got to the hostels and just thought 'We've got to back and do something, we've got to help these people'"

– Aiden Panagarry
Aidan hands out food to Syrian children Credit: Aidan Panagarry
Ridley Bowell, from Hexham, offers a little boy some biscuits Credit: Aidan Panagarry