Many people want to donate goods for Ukraine’s people and refugees and can do so locally to newly started aid groups. But please only send the items requested, as space in the lorries taking aid is precious.
Ordinary clothing, books and toys are not currently needed – local charity shops still welcome these though, especially as donations to them have dropped at this time of emergency. Some are sending funds to Ukraine.
Some donors are putting short messages of support inside, for example, drawings of Ukraine’s national flower, the sunflower, and the country’s rallyng cry, “Slava Ukraini” (Glory to Ukraine).
The following information was checked and accurate as of Saturday March 5th. Most of these groups are on Facebook, and will provide updates if asked.
Most Needed Aid:
Please check which convoys want what – some are prioritising. But, in general, the following are needed:
Camping type equipment (small) including batteries, torches, candles; strong, sensible shoes, thermal underwear and winter over-clothes, in good, clean condition; nappies, personal hygiene products; painkillers, first aid and medical items, including bandages and plasters; blankets, duvets, sleeping bags, pillows, sheets, all clean – there will be no chance there to wash things – and canned and instant food, that does not need heating, including wet and dry food for pet cats and dogs.
Volunteers are often welcome who can sort, pack, provide storage, drive, answer messages, collect funds for petrol, etc.
Ross on Wye:
Katie Fowler, a member of Ross on Wye & District Community Association, is sending aid to Lublin in Poland. Lubln has asked in particular for ‘Bedding, as they need things for people to sleep on. They also need coats, hats, gloves, underwear.
Donations can be dropped at: Kts craft warehouse, Trenchard Street, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7DE. Next to Ross Health and Fitness.
A truck load of aid has already been sent and another truck is leaving on Wednesday March 9th.
This initiative has been featured in local press and TV.
If you have questions, Katie is on Facebook.
The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB) – email:email@example.com
Viktoriya Yakymchuk of the AUGB wrote: “It is very challenging time and as you can imagine with the logistics of any donations. At the moment we are collecting man’s thermal, underwear, socks first aid kits. That’s what we are been asked for by volunteers helping there in Ukraine”. The collection point is in:
Gloucester Catholic Ukrainian church of the Good Shepherd Derby Rd, Gloucester, England, GL1 4AE, corner of Sidney Street
Please donate at these times: week days 5-7PM or Sunday after mass at 12.30PM.
“Thank you GLOUCESTER for your donations”.
The church today updated what Ukraine most needs:
****** PLEASE NOTE CLOTHING FOR ADULTS OR CHILDREN NO LONGER BEING COLLECTED ********
Items that are required are as follows:
SLEEPING BAGS, GROUND MATS, FIRST AID SUPPLIES, MEDICATION, CLING FILM, BATTERIES common sizes: AAA, AA, C, D & 9v, HAND HELD / HEAD TORCHES, TOILETRIES, CANNED FOOD, DRY FOOD RICE, PASTA etc., CAMPING STOVES, CAMPING CUPS (METAL), TIN OPENERS
Whitchurch & Monmouth:
Open for services and donations on Sundays at 11:00 am, and every Thursday until March 31st for Lenten prayers and lunch between 10:30-1 pm.
It is taking donations on to the:
Chapel Close, Monmouth, NP25 3NN
This has already helped sort aid with volunteers from Monmouth Aid for Ukraine, and is regularly holding prayers for Ukraine, at which all are welcome.
Is currently looking for a permanent sort and storage place. ‘We have a further lorry lined up to take items’.
Updates via its Facebook page (link above).
It prioritised: toiletries, medical supplies and pet food ONLY.
Emily Wheatley reported: “After a hectic week, four vans have left us full up of donations! All the volunteers who have given their time to help…. it was amazing to see everyone rally together. To know that we will have hopefully helped people who are so in need, makes all the sweat (and tears) worth it. A truly humbling experience“.
Hereford Help for Ukraine – Trading Estate, HR4 9PU
Open for donations: Mon-Fri 9 am to 9 pm, Sundays 9 am – 5 pm.
It has a permanent base and expects to continue collecting donations for some time. It is on Facebook and the local press has described its work.
It also asks for:
Adult nappies; larger nappies/pants sizes 5-7; dry baby food, baby porridge, long life baby food jars; rice, pasta, food in pouches, long-life foods, coffee, sugar, chewing gum; cold/flu remedies; water purifying tablets; powerbank with EU adaptor; no clothes, toys or books.
A rabbi in London is compiling the details of people across Britain who may be able to host a refugee.
Especial thanks to Eileen Wood for pulling all this information together
We have other contact information for the Bristol area if you need it then drop us an email.
If anyone locally feels able to start a sale of goods, to raise funds for Ukraine, or a website to co-ordinate local aid, that would be great.
There will also be Ukrainians who came here for work or studies and are now stranded, and will need support. All ideas welcome!