Ukraine donations

by Michael Thompson, Chaplain

This morning some Year 7 students helped sort items donated by staff for Ukraine, and some Year 13 students packed the minibus (see picture below). Mr Keys and I then drove the minibus to Whitley Bay to donate the items.

We are in touch with a parishioner from St Edward’s Whitley Bay, whose brother-in-law owns a van company, and one of their clients is Ukrainian. The company have offered the use of a van and the man is going to drive himself with the goods to a place at the Ukrainian border on Tuesday.

The remaining goods were dropped off at the Pearey House Centre for the Visually Impaired to add to their collection pile, which they will get to the appropriate drop off point this weekend.

Huge thanks to all staff for donating items, and to students in Year 12 who raised a huge £237 from a bucket collection in assembly, which was used to buy goods that were donated this morning.  Your money bought 9 power banks to charge phones / laptops etc, 10 packets of baby food, 2 first aid kits, 3 packs of lemsip, 5 packets of paracetamol / ibuprofen, 10 protein bars, a hot water bottle, a pack of nappies, 3 packs of wipes, 5 pairs of socks, 7 bandage packets, 4 pairs of gloves and 5 warm hats.

If you have any further items, there is a current up-to-date list of drop off locations across the North East on the BBC Radio Newcastle Facebook page.