In September 2015 the body of a three-year-old Syrian boy called Alan Kurdi washed up on a beach in Greece. His death highlighted the terrible conditions faced by refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict.
That same month a convoy of seven large vans left a community gym in Bolton packed with food, clothes, sleeping bags and hygiene essentials on a 7,000 mile round trip to Athens.
The convoy was funded and organized by the Amir Khan Foundation and aid charity Penny Appeal to deliver life-saving emergency aid to Syrian refugees arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos.
“It’s heartbreaking to see images of children losing their lives as their families flee from devastating conflict,” said Amir.
“What’s even more disturbing is knowing that many more lives will be lost unless we provide urgent aid to these refugees who don’t have anyone else to turn to.”