Tuesday, June 29, 1937 5
50 Basque Girls Coming to Bristol: £2,000 Appeal
FIFTY Basque girls under the age of 16 are to be accommodated in Bristol at the Kingsdown Training Centre.
This decision was taken at a citizens' meeting, presided over by the Lord Mayor, Mr. A.F. Moon, at the Council House, last night, when it was also decided to issue an appeal for £2,000, the estimated cost of accommodating the children for a year.
Any surplus, it was agreed, will be given to Bristol hospitals.
Alderman E.H. Parker, presenting the report of the committee set up at the inaugural meeting, said the Education Committee were prepared to allow the use of the Kingsdown centre, which was in every way admirable for the purpose.
After figures showing the estimated cost of upkeep for the children had been put before the meeting, Dr. Kenneth Wills asked whether it would not be advisable to obtain the money first before actually engaging to take them.
The Lord Mayor said he hardly thought it was necessary to wait for promises or gifts.
"It does seem to me from what I have heard," he said, "that there is a general feeling that something should be done by Bristol for these poor suffering children."
The Bishop of Bristol, seconding the Lord Mayor's motion that they should take the 50 children and issue an appeal for funds, said he thought if they did not act at once it would not be worth doing.
"I was at the camp last week," he said, "tnd they are most anxious to get the camp clear before the bad weather."
FAITH IN CITIZENS
Mr. J. Donovan said he had faith that the citizens of Bristol would find the money, and added that he was prepared to pledge one section to do its share.
Following further discussion it was agreed that the appeal should be issued under the auspices of the Lord Mayor, with the backing of the Bishop of Bristol, the Bishop of Clifton and the president of the Bristol Free Church Council.
The training centre, it was stated, could be open within a week.
Committees for putting the work in hand were then set up.
Monsignor P. Long is chairman of the Basque Children's Committee, and Mr. H.J. Cadogan, the honorary secretary.
All contributions to the fund should be sent to the honorary treasurer, Mr. J.D. Duggan, the Council House, Bristol.
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