Long Buckby residents pull together for Ukrainian appeal with hundreds of donations

Donations needed for second collection this weekend

By Lucie Green
Wednesday, 16th March 2022, 10:42 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th March 2022, 10:44 am

Long Buckby residents have responded enthusiastically to an appeal for items to help thousands of desperate Ukrainian refugees fleeing conflict in their country.

More than 300 boxes of donations - more than half of the lorry - were donated to a collection at Long Buckby Community Centre.

People gave essential supplies that were sorted and packed by a team of local volunteers including Long Buckby Scouts who helped check tents and load boxes on collection day.

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Donated items will help refugees.

Leah Brookes, who helped organise the collection, said: "A local Polish transport and logistics company, PMP Transport and Removals, collected the donations in an articulated lorry delivering directly to The Red Cross Distribution Hub in Stalowa Wola, close to the Ukraine border in Poland.

"We would like to thank everybody for their generous support."

Donations can be taken to Long Buckby Community Centre this Saturday and Sunday (March 19 and 20) from 10am - 1pm.

Essential items needed are:

Donations can be dropped this weekend.

Nappies and baby wipes

Non perishable food items - tins, dried food, instant foods, instant drinks

Sanitary products, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hygiene products

First aid supplies - first aid kits, plasters, bandages, foil emergency blankets

Torches, batteries, power banks

Children's drawing books, colouring books, pencils, colouring pens, crayons, stickers

Washing Up liquid, washing powder, household disposable cleaning wipes

Brand new underwear and socks - childen's and adults - Must be new

Baby food (not glass) and baby milk formula

The Red Cross Hub is not currently collecting clothes, blankets, towels, sleeping bags, duvets, tents or toys.