Donations make all the difference

Donation points have been set up locally to help collect goods and money to help people in Ukraine and those who have fled the country.

Bakers and Larners, in Holt, Budgens and Budgens of Aylsham have all set up areas where donations can be left after being approached by Norfolk Support Ukraine UK.

Jess Read, of Bakers and Larners, said: “We are collecting essential items such as first aid and toiletries. We have been overwhelmed with the kind donations given by the local community, and we have sent 12 cages full of goods since our collections started on March 8.

“We also had a school minibus full of donations dropped off by St Andrew’s school in Aylmerton.”

Volunteer Andy Homer has been clocking up the miles, filling a trailer twice a week and taking clothes, food and medical necessities from Holt to the group’s sorting hub in Norwich, and Jess said the enterprise would not have been possible without him.

Andy’s Trailer

So far more than 300 packs of nappies, more than 2,500 packs of paracetamol and more than 1,000 bandages have been gathered along with clothes, books, toys and other items. Jess said Holt’s donations have added up to 28,838 items in total and were still ongoing.

Some will go help those still in Ukraine and some to those settling here.

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