GENEROUS donations have been coming in thick and fast since staff from The Don Post Memorial Museum, and The Last Post Memorial Bar in Thornaby started collecting donations to be sent to Ukraine at the end of this week.

Owner of The Last Post Memorial Bar, Julie Cooper, started collecting donations at the beginning of this week and has been overwhelmed with the generosity of the people of Thornaby.

Following a call-out for goods on the The Don War Memorial Museum and Community Hub CIC and Last Post Memorial Bar Facebook page, staff and volunteers have been inundated with nappies, nappy rash cream, baby food, baby milk, and feminine hygiene products, as well as non-perishable foods including tinned goods, pasta and rice.

The Northern Echo: Staff started collecting items at the beginning of this weekStaff started collecting items at the beginning of this week

Originally just Julie and her husband were going to a village in Poland called Budomierz near the Ukrainian border, with one van-load of donations, however, the community’s generosity was so great that they currently have four van-loads of donations and now some veterans and volunteers and helping by going to Budomierz with them.

The Northern Echo: So far, there are enough donations to fill four vansSo far, there are enough donations to fill four vans

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The Northern Echo: Staff and volunteers will be accepting donations until Friday (March 11)Staff and volunteers will be accepting donations until Friday (March 11)

The Northern Echo: Volunteers who donated a lot of itemsVolunteers who donated a lot of items

Julie said: “People have been absolutely amazing. I’m overwhelmed with how much people have come out and supported us and donated, they’ve just been brilliant.

“It’s really brought the community together and people really want to help in any way they can. I’ve honestly just been blown away by how much people care and want to help.

“What we do need is torniquets, and also power packs so if people could donate fully-charged power packs, that would be amazing.

“I can’t believe the response we’ve had. I’ve asked for no more clothes to be donated, because people tend to empty their wardrobes but these people in Ukraine aren’t poor they’re just in need of certain things right now that they can’t access.”

Julie, her husband and their army of helpers are accepting donations up until Friday (March 11) and will be setting off for the Polish/Ukrainian border on Sunday afternoon (March 13).


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