Amir Khan to take refugee aid convoy to Greece

Convoy to deliver donations from 'generous and thoughtful' Brits

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Boxer Amir Khan is taking a convoy of trucks packed with clothes, tents and other essentials to Greece to help thousands of refugees arriving in the country.

His charity, the Amir Khan Foundation, and the anti-poverty charity, PennyAppeal, have gathered aid and will leave from Bolton, Khan’s home town, on Tuesday for the four-day journey to Greece, the Daily Star reported.

"It’s heartbreaking to see images of children losing their lives as their families flee from devastating conflict," Khan said.

"What’s even more disturbing is knowing that many more lives will be lost unless we provide urgent aid.

"We’re seeing stories of people in countries like Germany doing so much for refugees and I know people in the UK are just as generous and thoughtful.

"This convoy is a great way for everyone to do something to help."

He plans to help hand out aid to refugees on the island of Lesbos, where many refugees arrive from Turkey.

Adeem Younis, chair of trustees at PennyAppeal, said: "Every day refugees arrive on the shores of Europe after surviving a horrendous journey with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing.

"The items we can provide will make a real difference, giving people hope. We’re delighted to be working with Amir."

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