A group led by Sue Gow, a fundraiser based in Keighley, West Yorkshire, has been providing toys, educational activities, food, drinks and essential first aid supplies to Syrian children in refugee camps in southern Europe
Many of the children have had no education since fleeing their homes, so Lodge of the Three Graces, No. 408, which meets at Keighley, has helped some of them to join a school in Fethiye, Turkey.
Turkish law demands that such children must be assessed before starting school but a major hurdle to this was the cost of the 160-mile round trip to the nearest assessment centre at Mugla.
The lodge paid for the coach travel, exam costs and food for the journey for 14 children and their parents, as well as new school uniforms and shoes.