A FUND-RAISING appeal launched by Bromsgrove’s Charlies Kebab House for those caught up in the Turkey earthquakes has raised more than £9,000 in less than a week.
We reported on our front page last week and website how the takeaway’s owner Bekir Babir and his cousin Bekir Gungormez, who also works there, wanted to generate £10,000 for the cause. The pair have lost both family and friends in the disaster and want to do all they can to help
So far more than 35,000 people have died following the quakes in Turkey and northern Syria which erupted around 4am last Monday.
The pair have family living in the city of Kahramanmaras and the village of Tevekkeli Koyu.
More than £2,800 has been pledged through the crowd-funding page and £3,000 has been received in cash donations. Bekir Babir has put in £2,000, another cousin has added £1,000 and a family friend has given £500 to the cause.
Bekir Babir, the other cousin and friend, have travelled out to Turkey to help and are now due back.
Mr Gungormez will then fly out in the coming days.
He said: “I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has donated the cause.
“A lot has come in from our regulars and there have been others who have donated too.
“The funds have been a massive help to the people affected.
“It was really bad for the first four days but now a lot of help has come from all over the world.”
Mr Gungormez will take more cash out to buy supplies and they are constantly assessing the situation to find out what is most-needed.
All of the flights have been paid for separately so all the funds donated can be used for aid.
They are keeping the fund-raising page open to raise as much as possible.
Visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/charlieskebabs to donate to the cause.