Amberley Hall maintenance manager Coskun Gokbel has made a personal appeal asking the community to support a collection in aid of earthquake victims in his native Turkey.
Coskun, 39, who has worked at Amberley Hall in King’s Lynn for 14 years, was devastated by the news earlier this week.
“I have been watching the news and praying more people will be found alive under the rubble,” said Coskun, known to colleagues and residents as Josh.
“It is hard being so far away, but I know I can do something more than pray, and I hope people will help me.”
Amberley Hall, neighbouring Goodwins Hall, and the wider Athena Care Homes group, is collecting donations that the Turkish community in King’s Lynn will send to those most in need.
Coskun hails from the Bodrum area, popular with tourists, but is very familiar with the area where the Turkey-Syria earthquake struck as it is where he did his national service nearly 20 years ago.
“It is a huge area that has been affected in Turkey, and then parts of Syria too. They need blankets and warm clothes because it is very cold there at the moment. I am asking people to donate whatever they can to help people back in Turkey.”
Due to the amazing response from our community we have stopped our collections in Kings Lynn. If you would like to continue to support the appeal, please consider donating to the Red Cross’ Appeal here.
Home Manager at Amberley Hall, Ula Jakoniuk, said: “We have seen such strong community spirit in King’s Lynn and we hope our neighbours can support our collection. Coskun has been deeply affected by the situation in Turkey, as have we all here at Amberley Hall. We want to support him in his appeal and do what we can to help families in Turkey and Syria.”