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Turkey and Syria earthquake appeal

Published: 9 February 2023
Filed under: Communications

Waltham Forest is home to many people from the area where a series of earthquakes occurred on Monday 6 February 2023.

We know many residents have family and friends in the region while others will have been shocked and moved by the images and stories coming out of Turkey and Syria since the quakes hit on Monday.

The Council is working with local community groups to support the relief efforts and we know many residents have already donated money and other essential items locally over the last few days.


If you are able, the best way to help in the coming days and weeks is by donating money. Here are fundraising pages for three charities working in the area. 

Disasters Emergency Committee

Waltham Forest Islamic Association

Nour Al-Sham

Save the Children


Read Leader of Waltham Forest Council Cllr Grace Williams's statement on the disaster and follow us on social media for the latest information on relief efforts and support locally. You'll find links at the bottom of the page.

Mental health support

Mental Health Direct (NELFT): Call Mental Health Direct on 0800 995 1000 (freephone, 24 hours a day)

Call Samaritans on 116 123 or email

CRUSE: Call 0808 808 1677 and trained volunteers will offer emotional support and advice to anyone affected by bereavement and loss of a loved one.

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