Appeal launched to help Ukraine refugees

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The leader of Richmondshire District Council is appealing for donations to help the Ukrainian people who have fled their war-torn country.

Transport is being organised to take much-needed items from Colburn to Poland on Tuesday.

Cllr Angie Dale, who is helping to coordinate the appeal, said Garrison Van Hire had offered to take donations to help refugees leaving Ukraine.

The plan is to fill up to six vans with items.

Cllr Dale said: “This is about Richmondshire doing what it can — we all saw these poor people on TV. It’s bloody freezing and they’ve left with nothing.

“We are very good in Richmondshire about helping one another and now is the time we need to work together to do what we can.”

The councillor said that anyone organising their own appeals was welcome to drop off their donations at Colburn Village Hall or other places which have agreed to take items.

Donations can be left at Colburn Village Hall between 9am and 2am today, Thursday, Friday, and next Monday, and between 10am and 12pm on Saturday.

Several other locations in the Catterick area have agreed to accept donations. These are:

  • Love Property – 9am to 5pm
  • Hanson Sport – 7pm to 11pm
  • JTs – 4pm to 11pm

Cllr Dale says items need to be at the hall by Monday due to the transport leaving on Tuesday.

A list of items needed by those affected by the conflict has been issued. The list includes:

Winter clothing (NO OTHER CLOTHING):

  • Socks and underwear (NEW)
  • Hats
  • Gloves
  • Scarfs
  • Thermals
  • Coats
  • Jumpers
Outdoor items:
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping bags
  • Sleeping mats
  • Torches and batteries
  • Folding bed
  • Inflatable tents
  • Hot water bottles

Ex-military items:

  • Military backpacks
  • Earplugs
  • Military clothes
  • Helmets/bulletproof vests
Hygiene products:
  • Soap bars
  • Wash bag kits
  • Roll-on deodorant
  • Hand gel
  • Cotton swabs
  • Razors
  • Toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • Disposable sanitary towels
Food Products:
  • Non-perishable Foods
  • Ration packs
  • Canned foods
  • Pre packaged meals
  • Easily prepared
  • Granola bars
  • Oat bars
  • Dried fruit
  • Mixed nuts
  • Instant soups
Medication/ First Aid:
  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets
  • Nurofen
  • Activated charcoal
  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Antiseptic spray
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Anything with Lodine
  • Savlon
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Muscle relaxant cream
  • Antihistamine
  • Strong painkillers
  • Medication for children — Calpol etc
  • Small scissors
  • Plasters
  • First aid kits
  • First aid bags to sort
Babies and Children:
  • Disposable nappies and wipes
  • Baby formula: instant and powder
  • Warm winter wear for babies and children, coats, hats etc.
  • Blankets

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