A community in the Moorlands has pulled together to continue collecting much-needed items for those affected by the situation in war-torn Ukraine. Last week, we reported that a group of mums who live in Leek and Cheddleton, had started a kind-hearted initiative to collect items to be sent out to those still in Ukraine, as well as to those who have fled to neighbouring Poland.
A community in the Moorlands has pulled together to continue collecting much-needed items for those affected by the situation in war-torn Ukraine.
Last week, we reported that a group of mums who live in Leek and Cheddleton, had started a kind-hearted initiative to collect items to be sent out to those still in Ukraine, as well as to those who have fled to neighbouring Poland.
By last Tuesday, Alexa Lloyd, Kelley Woolley, Izabela Tatler, and Rachel Chadwick had already collected two van loads and four car loads, as well as a pallet of goods which had been donated by people and businesses from the community.
They delivered their first lot of donated items on Wednesday (March 2) to a main collection point in Manchester where the donations were then put onto lorries to be driven across to Eastern Europe.
The group has also now set up a facebook page for people to keep up to date with the donation campaign, including what items are needed the most.
It can be found at www.facebook.com/Leek-and-Cheddleton-Aid-Support-for-Ukraine.
Over the past week, more and more volunteers have come on board and a venue has been secured as a drop-off point and a place to sort the items before sending them off to those in need.
The currently empty Leek Town Council owned Bank House in St Edward Street is being used as such a venue.
Leek Town councillor Roy Molson said: “In answer to the calls for help with aid storage from the Leek and Cheddleton Aid Support for Ukraine, I obtained the use of Bank House in St Edward Street as a collection point.
“The opening times for donations are Wednesday and Friday from 10am to 1pm. Donations of medical supplies, toiletries, sanitary products, nappies are needed urgently, but no more clothing at present. Also contributions to help with costs of fuel will be appreciated.
“The support has been fantastic and a massive thank you to everyone for their generosity.”
A spokesman for Leek and Cheddleton Aid Support for Ukraine group said on their Facebook page on Monday: “Thank you so much for your overwhelming response last week, the community really stepped up.
“We will be open at Bank House this week for donations.
“Other places that are happy to take donations (except clothes, shoes or bedding) are; Leek School of Dance, and St Mary’s School.”
They added: “We cannot take any more donations of clothing, shoes or bedding at this time. Please consider donating these items to your local charity shops.
Items such as medical, first aid supplies, nappies, wipes, sanitary products, toiletries can be accepted. “
Meanwhile, Bury & Hilton in Leek is also continuing to collect to help those in and from Ukraine.
Residential Lettings Manager Catherine Holland said: “We are collecting the following items: foil survival blankets; nappies; sanitary towels; first aid kits; sleeping bags; metal cups; thermal clothing; shampoo, toothbrushes, hairbrushes; bandages; children’s clothes; small toys and crayons.
“We are working with Macclesfield Ukrainian aid collection point, they deliver the aid to Manchester on a Friday, it is then being sent to Zakarpattia, Ukraine.”
Catherine added: “Currently there is no cut of date for collections. All the aid will be used for regular deliveries made from the UK to the Hungarian border and then to Ukrainian volunteers who work with the refugees directly.”
Bury & Hilton is situated at 6 Market Street in Leek, and donated items can be dropped off anytime between 9am and5pm.
In the rural village of Hartington, the Hartington Farm Shop and Cafe is also acting as a drop off point for such donations. They are open for drop-offs on Tuesday to Sunday between 9am and 4.30pm.
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