Sheffield MP visits University fundraiser in aid of Turkey earthquake appeal

The University of Sheffield’s Turkish society was visited by MP Paul Blomfield to support their bake sale, raising funds for Turkey earthquake victims.

The bake sale aimed to raise funds to rebuild a livelihood for those affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake across Turkey and Syria, which has killed over 47,000 people.

Paul Blomfield wrote on Twitter: “Pleased to join Turkish students at @sheffielduni raising funds for @SheffieldSU for earthquake victims and discuss the need for long-term support with reconstruction.”

The University has been praised for their response to the earthquakes, directly contacting students who may have been affected to offer support.

A member of the society, Tugay Senlik, 30, said: “People have not only lost their homes but also their work.

“The areas affected are industrial areas. People are not only homeless, they now have no job.” 

President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Sheffield, Professor Koen Lamberts, also visited one of the four bake sales hosted by the society to raise funds.

The society sold traditional Turkish snacks as well as cupcakes and soft drinks for a ‘pay what you can’ donation.

To donate to the emergency appeal for those affected click here. 

Written by Angel Sang

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