PRAISE has been heaped on a Windermere business after providing a day out for refugees.

Refugees from Afghanistan who have recently resettled in Cumbria have been welcomed on board one of Windermere Lake Cruises’ vessels as part of Mitzvah Day.

The international, interfaith event is a special Jewish-led community day of social action, bringing together groups of people from all walks of life and local events were hosted in Hawkshead on Sunday, November 21.

Organisers have worked with local attractions including Windermere Lake Cruises – and local communities – to give Cumbria’s newest residents the cruise experience as part of a weekend of relaxation and enjoyment.

Ilona Bitner said: "It sickens me that so many people are so narrow minded. I wish these families all the best and I hope they had a wonderful day, its the least they deserve.

"And to all the haters, I hope you have a really crap day because that's the least that you deserve."

Paul Prendergast said: "Some people on here should learn humanity and be lucky that its not them or their family that have to go through what these souls have had to endure."

Charlie Dowthwaite said: "It is so nice to see that these refugees are being looked after and taken on a day out on the lake.

"Refugees have fled wars in Afghanistan & Syria which is why I welcome them with open arms.

"Most refugees at present are going through a horrible time with running the risk of drowning & being physically beaten by border patrol guards.

"I say it loud and I say it clear - refugees are welcome here."

Joanna Coleman said: "Well done to all involved in getting this trip organised. Great to hear about them enjoying a nice day out after everything they’ve been through."