Marie Rimmer backs call for refugee support

Marie Rimmer at a Save the Children parliamentary event to highlight the plight of unaccompanied child refugees
Marie Rimmer at a Save the Children parliamentary event to highlight the plight of unaccompanied child refugees
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St Helens MP Marie Rimmer wants constituents to write a welcome message for a lone child refugees arriving in Britain.

Around 2,000 children are believed to have arrived on these shores unaccompanied this year alone, with many fleeing wars and persecution.

Now Ms Rimmer, former leader of St Helens Council and Labour MP for St Helens South and Whiston, is backing a Save the Children campaign asking members of the public to pen a welcome note for books being distributed to young children around the country.

The charity has produced a special pack of books to help youngsters arriving in this country to learn English.

Ms Rimmer said: “I'm delighted to support Save the Children’s campaign to welcome child refugees in the UK. These children have been through so much - fleeing conflict and persecution. I’m glad that the UK can help provide them with a safe home and a fresh start.

“I received an overwhelming number of letters and emails regarding support for refugees fleeing Syria, urging the Government to take more action.

“I’ve raised this issue with the Prime Minister and also supported the collection of over 200 boxes of aid from local residents and I’m pleased to be able to continue to support efforts.”