Purpleman's Syrian mission due to start

York street artist Purpleman who plans to take 1,000 soft toys to children in Syria

York street artist Purpleman who plans to take 1,000 soft toys to children in Syria

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STREET performer Purpleman was due to fly out of the UK late last night in his mission to deliver donated soft toys to children in Syria.

Joined by gallery owner Terry Brett, Purpleman was intending to fly to the Turkish border town of Antakya late last night landing early this morning, before trying to cross the border into Syria.

Terry, who runs York's Pyramid Gallery, agreed to accompany his friend as far as Turkey where his daughter Susie Brett works as an English language teacher and the pair have thanked the people of York who have generously donated 1000 toys for the mission.

The two men worked together on a charity art exhibition at Terry's Pyramid Gallery, which helped raise the funds for the trip.

But despite Foreign Office advice not to travel to Syria, Purpleman insists he will attempt the risky border crossing.

He said: "If I took advice from officials I probably wouldn't set foot outside my front door. I am not taking any advice because it is all negative and I am focusing on love."

York MP Hugh Bayley has written letter of support, he added.

"We have had 1000 soft toys donated, which tells me people recognise this is all about love."

The pair will be away until Friday, but Terry does not plan to join Purpleman on his attempts to enter Syria.

He said: "I won't be going into Syria, and I don't expect Purpleman will be either."

Terry said the pair already have contacts with refugee agencies in Turkey, helped by Susie, which may mean they can revert to a "Plan B" of delivering the soft toys to Syrian refugees sheltering in Turkey.

"Plan C would be to give the toys to a charity already working in a refugee camp for them to distribute, but I think Purpleman wants to give the toys to the children personally," he added.

"I worry about going into a refugee camp because I don't know whether we will meet smiling faces, or lots of troubled people. It could be quite a shock."

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10:38am Mon 2 Jun 14

Bad magic says...

"If I took advice from officials I probably wouldn't set foot outside my front door. I am not taking any advice because it is all negative and I am focusing on love."
Overall, well done; and massive props for your desire, nay bravery, in doing this, but really. Please don't wander into a civil war distributing toys. The number of ways it could go wrong is astounding.
I know it isn't being done for admiration and respect, but you have mine anyway.
Come home safe.
"If I took advice from officials I probably wouldn't set foot outside my front door. I am not taking any advice because it is all negative and I am focusing on love." Overall, well done; and massive props for your desire, nay bravery, in doing this, but really. Please don't wander into a civil war distributing toys. The number of ways it could go wrong is astounding. I know it isn't being done for admiration and respect, but you have mine anyway. Come home safe. Bad magic
  • Score: 6

2:01pm Mon 2 Jun 14

dafmeuk says...

When he gets there, let's hope he doesn't get marooned!
When he gets there, let's hope he doesn't get marooned! dafmeuk
  • Score: 7

3:41pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Y.I.P. says...

I am sure you want to help pal,but take my advice keep out of it.
I am sure you want to help pal,but take my advice keep out of it. Y.I.P.
  • Score: -17

4:22pm Mon 2 Jun 14

redbluelion says...

we may see purple man return with brown trousers with all the fighting going on.. best of luck to him its a great thing he's doing.
we may see purple man return with brown trousers with all the fighting going on.. best of luck to him its a great thing he's doing. redbluelion
  • Score: 0

8:28pm Mon 2 Jun 14

andy fowler says...

Shame Alexander hasn't gone instead.
Shame Alexander hasn't gone instead. andy fowler
  • Score: -56

9:38am Tue 3 Jun 14

MrChuckles says...

andy fowler wrote:
Shame Alexander hasn't gone instead.
Why does anything slightly or even humorously anti-Alexander related magically get -2034940303 on the votes? Merely an observation, I didn't realize he had a fan club.

Anyway, Purpleman, absolutely bonkers! But a noble deed, be safe. At least he will be camouflage in the desert, should trouble arise!
[quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: Shame Alexander hasn't gone instead.[/p][/quote]Why does anything slightly or even humorously anti-Alexander related magically get -2034940303 on the votes? Merely an observation, I didn't realize he had a fan club. Anyway, Purpleman, absolutely bonkers! But a noble deed, be safe. At least he will be camouflage in the desert, should trouble arise! MrChuckles
  • Score: 1

12:34pm Tue 3 Jun 14

andy fowler says...

MrChuckles wrote:
andy fowler wrote:
Shame Alexander hasn't gone instead.
Why does anything slightly or even humorously anti-Alexander related magically get -2034940303 on the votes? Merely an observation, I didn't realize he had a fan club.

Anyway, Purpleman, absolutely bonkers! But a noble deed, be safe. At least he will be camouflage in the desert, should trouble arise!
Watch out mate, you'll have -11111111111 votes in no time. Alexander is Putin's disciple, doesn't like and can't take anything remotely anti him.
[quote][p][bold]MrChuckles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy fowler[/bold] wrote: Shame Alexander hasn't gone instead.[/p][/quote]Why does anything slightly or even humorously anti-Alexander related magically get -2034940303 on the votes? Merely an observation, I didn't realize he had a fan club. Anyway, Purpleman, absolutely bonkers! But a noble deed, be safe. At least he will be camouflage in the desert, should trouble arise![/p][/quote]Watch out mate, you'll have -11111111111 votes in no time. Alexander is Putin's disciple, doesn't like and can't take anything remotely anti him. andy fowler
  • Score: -73

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