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West Northants rallies to help Ukrainian refugees

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04 March 2022

Ukrainian flag flying outside the Guildhall, Northampton

Organisations across our patch have stepped up to the mark since news that hundreds of thousands of people had been displaced from their homes in Ukraine.

One of the effects of the Russian invasion has been that around a million people have now been forced to seek asylum outside their country.

Many, including families with young children, had to leave their homes with little more than the clothes they were wearing.

So a wide range of items are needed to help ensure they can at least look after themselves as they find safety from the effects of the war.

Local appeal

My 1st Years, a children's gift brand based in Northampton, has launched an open-ended appeal for items.

Examples of the types of food donations you can make:
  • Tinned goods
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Chocolate spread
  • Peanut butter
  • Jam
  • Nutrition bars
  • Chocolate
  • Sweets
  • Cup soups or dried pot meals like noodles
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Sugar

A list of the first aid items that you can donate:
  • Bandages 
  • Cotton wool 
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Plasters 
  • First aid kits 
  • Paracetamol/aspirin
  • Antibacterial hand gel

Examples of hygiene products you can donate:
  • Baby wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Shower gel
  • Deodorant
  • Nappies
  • Packs of tissues
  • Soap dispensers

Its offices at 4 Cheaney Drive, Grange Park NN4 5FB are open from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, for people to drop off donations.

Anyone who might struggle to take donations there, or who has bulk items to donate, should contact [email protected] or call 07599912721.

In a statement, the company’s co-founders, Daniel Price and Jonny Sitton, said: “"We have been shocked and saddened to see the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine.

“My 1st Years have been working with Goods for Good and donating our products to help vulnerable families in need for the past five years.

“It was important for us to continue our support with their new Rescue Project in Ukraine by opening our warehouse in Northampton as a ‘drop-off hub’ for donations of food and essential items.

“As a brand, My 1st Years are here to celebrate all of little ones' milestones and our thoughts are with all the families and children affected by this terrible conflict."

National and international appeals

It’s amazing the number of appeals which have been launched to help people fleeing from this terrible situation.

We’re keen raise awareness of these appeals and to encourage people to give whatever they can, in whichever way they’re most comfortable, to support people who are now even without some of the basics we all take for granted.

As always, the people of West Northants are responding with huge compassion through the support they’re already offering, and all we can hope is that the war in Ukraine is short lived and people will be able to begin building their lives there again.
Council Leader Jonathan Nunn

For more information on supporting the relief effort, please visit the Government’s website.

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