Run for Syria British embassyA TEAM from Madrid’s British Embassy joined 4,000 runners to raise thousands for Syrian refugees.

Ambassador Simon Manley and his staff helped raise €41,000 after setting off from Plaza de Cibeles on February 21 for the Corre por Siria event.

Mr Manley, a keen runner, completed the 10km course and praised the efforts of his staff, one of whom is of Syrian origin.

“I was delighted to take part with my embassy colleagues, and to have helped the effort to raise so much money to help the Syrian people,” he told the Olive Press.

“I hope that this money can be put to good use and help alleviate suffering.”

The money will pay for humanitarian aid such as blankets, baby milk, nappies, medical materials and stretchers, coordinated by charity Asociacion de Apoyo al Pueblo Sirio (AAPS)

The items will be taken from a warehouse near Madrid to Valencia, and from there shipped to Turkey and collected by a Syrian NGO at the border.

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