A MERCY mission to collect vital supplies for survivors of the earthquake in Turkey has touched the hearts of the community.

A Turkish mum made an emotional plea to help families who have lost everything in the devastation.

Nilgun Oneren says she is lost for words by the warmth and generosity of local people.

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The 38-year-old lives in Mobberley with six-year-old son Ege after emigrating from Istanbul.

Mobberley Parish Council turned their Rajar Building into an emergency collection point.

“I want to say a heartfelt thank you to the parish council,” said Nilgun, who works as a functional lead in IT at Manchester University.

“I couldn’t have got this all sorted without you.”

In just two days so many clothes, blankets, toiletries, nappies, sanitary products, camping equipment and food was collected, a horsebox was filled with donations.

Knutsford Guardian: In just two days, Mobberley Parish Council's Rajar Building was full of donationsIn just two days, Mobberley Parish Council's Rajar Building was full of donations (Image: Hannah Moss)

Cllr Hannah Moss, chairman of Mobberley Parish Council, said: “The response has been brilliant, you can’t fault it.

“We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported this crisis appeal.

“We formed a human chain to load a horsebox and drove over to the distribution depot in a convoy with six cars.

“It is a very good operation. As soon as the next lorry comes, we will take another load.

"We will carry on collecting for another week or two."

The mercy mission is being coordinated with The Liverpool Turkish Community. Donations are being driven to Turkey by Barta Logistics.

The Rajar Building is still open for donations from 9am to 10pm, Monday to Friday.