Dales village raises £7,000 for Turkey and Syria earthquake victims

Wreckage left after the earthquake in Turkey. Photo: EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid/Lisa Hastert.

A Dales village has raised around £7,000 for victims of the recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria.

Residents of West Witton held an auction of promises for DEC, the Disasters Emergency Committee, to help those affected by the earthquake in the village hall on Saturday.

The event raised around £7,000, which is almost identical to the sum raised in March last year by another auction of promises for Ukraine.

Joy Baggaley, one of the organisers, said: “With donations from local businesses and those who could not attend on the night swelling the coffers the auction was off to a good start.

“Over 60 promises had been made with a huge variety of things offered including a trip around the Dales in a classic car,  home cooked meals,  a wide range of baked goods, a handmade quilt and a brewery trip.”

Martin Baggaley was auctioneer for the evening and guided the bidders through the vast array of promises.

Joy added: “West Witton is an amazing place to live.

“People here are so caring, supportive and willing to lend a hand.

“So many generous people offered their help, their time and their promises immediately. We are so pleased to have raised such a great amount to help the survivors of the earthquake still suffering in Turkey and Syria.”