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Ukraine: Thanks For 'Staggering' Generosity

Author: Andy Drozdziak

Ukraine: Thanks For 'Staggering' Generosity

The organisers of an appeal to gather aid for those affected by the war in Ukraine have thanked the people of Teesdale for their ‘staggering’ generosity.

The Polish Centre in Newcastle asked people in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle to donate a variety of items, including medical supplies, nappies, personal hygiene items and toys, which will be transported to Poland and used to support refugees there.

Overwhelming Response

The scale of the response was overwhelming, with a huge number of items gathered in a warehouse in Seaton Delaval and the collection being covered on BBC Look North. The group who helped co-ordinate the appeal locally said that they were overwhelmed, but not at all surprised, by the generosity and kindness of local people.

They had planned to take the items to Newcastle by car but, due to the large volume of donations, a van would now be necessary. St. Mary’s primary school in Barnard Castle and the Catholic churches of Barnard Castle and Gainford launched their appeals last week. The organisers said the response has been ‘staggering’.

Solidarity And Pride

Mariusz Biziewski, a representative from Newcastle’s Polish Centre who helped co-ordinate the collection in Barnard Castle, has paid tribute to those collecting and supporting.

“It has been overwhelming,” he said. “In total, we’ve transported about four lorry loads of materials weighing approximately 100-tonnes. They will be greatly received by the people of Ukraine.” The goods, which were collected from Barnard Castle last Sunday, will be sent to Poland to the organisation helping Ukrainian refugees, and distributed to centres providing temporary accommodation for Ukrainian families in Poland.

Co-ordinator Wojciech Ploszaj, a Northumberland County Councillor, called the collection a good example of ‘solidarity’. Pointing to the large number of items donated, he said: “I can honestly say I’m proud to live in the North East. The solidarity between the Polish and British nation is amazing.”

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