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City to come together as mark of respect following earthquake in Turkey and Syria

09 February 2023

A vigil in honour of victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria will take place on Cathedral Square in Peterborough city centre on Monday (13 February) at 6pm.

The gathering will show solidarity to Turkish and Syrian residents of the city.

Residents are invited to join the vigil, which will be an inter-faith event with words and prayers from the city's many faith communities and supported by the Mayor of Peterborough and Peterborough City Council.

Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor Alan Dowson, said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the earthquake, in particular those who have lost, or are still searching for, loved ones.

"The scenes that we have seen on the news are just heart-breaking and we all feel a sense of loss as to what we can do to help.

"One thing we can do as a city is to come together to show solidarity for the people affected."

Councillor Wayne Fitzgerald, Leader of Peterborough City Council, said: "My thoughts and sympathies are with everyone affected by the tragic events in Turkey and Syria.

"People in our city welcome the opportunity to come together when events such as this occur, so I would like to thank Councillor Ansar Ali for making the suggestion for a vigil.

"There are also a number of ways that people can make donations towards the relief efforts and we will be publicising these."

The Faizan E Madina Mosque on Gladstone Street is setting up a Just Giving page so people can donate.

Residents who wish to offer support to the relief efforts can also do so through the organisations listed below:

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in London can be contacted on 020 7008 5000 for anyone in the UK concerned about relatives or friends.

Official donations to relief appeal can be sent to:

Turkey-Syria earthquake appeal | British Red Cross

MSF UK | Médecins Sans Frontières

Turkey and Syria Earthquake Appeal - Donate Now | Oxfam GB

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