A collection of toiletries and medical items is being held in Pudsey town centre tomorrow (Saturday, 5 March) in support of the Ukrainian people.
The regular Saturday afternoon food bank collection outside Greggs normally sees items going towards the Pudsey Community Project.
But following the heartbreaking news coverage of Russia’s invasion, volunteers from Pudsey Labour Party wanted to do their bit to help. David Dowden said that volunteers would be collecting outside Greggs on Church Lane from 10am until noon, in support of there Red Cross Ukraine appeal. He added:
“We are aware folk still want to still help – Pudsey scouts recently did a collection.
“We at food bank normally get toiletry items including female hygiene products, soap, toothpaste and brushes and are appealing for people to bring these items.
“We’d also welcome any medical items, such as bandages, first aid kits, plasters, pain killers, anti-septic wipes, children’s paracetamol, and baby wipes etc. We thought about bedding, but it’s too bulky to store until next convoy is ready.”
Local company GT print provided posters and local company Wright Signs produced Ukrainian flag banners.
Meanwhile, Farnley Community Centre has already been collecting for the Ukraine.
Farnley Community Centre chair Peter Allison said:
“While we welcome all donations the focus is on the following: batteries, warm clothes and shoes in very good condition, hats and gloves, anti-septic, nappies, wound dressings, sanitary products, toiletries, sleeping bags and bedding. Thank you for your support.”
Farnley Community Centre is open for donations on Sunday 4.30pm-6pm, Monday 9am-11am, Tuesday 12pm-1pm, Wednesday 9am-12pm, Thursday 12pm-1pm and 5pm-6pm.
New Farnley Community Centre is also accepting donations from 4pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday at 12pm.
Mr Allison said that the New Me Hair Salon, on 143 Oldfield Lane, Wortley, LS12 4EX, was also a drop-off point.
Earlier this week, WLD reported how the Hookers & Clickers (Do It For Charity) knitting and crochet group group, which meets regularly at Kirkstall Forge, had raised more than £2,000 for the Ukrainian appeal.
Kirkstall Valley Development Trust, which had also been acting as a collection point earlier this week, has said it is ‘stacked out’ and is unable to accept any more donations.