Sheldon Bosley Knight’s Pershore and Evesham offices have joined forces with their communities to help the relief effort for Ukraine.
SBK staff felt compelled to support the cause when they saw a local Facebook post asking for donations which would be sent to Poland to be distributed by aid workers.
SBK staff offered our offices as drop off points and so far hundreds of people from across Worcestershire have brought in much needed items including nappies, pet food, torches and warm clothing.
Everything will be taken on lorries organised by Nathan Lancaster at local firm NTL Fabrication and Welding, on Saturday, March 12, to a town called Rzeszow in Poland just off the Ukrainian border where aid workers are helping the refugees.
Other donations have included bedding, phone bank chargers, shoeboxes of toiletries and items for children, and transit vans to take everything to the collection point in Weston-sub-Edge.
Pershore sales manager Amy Lewis said the response had been overwhelming. She said: “Pershore and Evesham are fantastic communities and always extraordinarily generous when it comes to fundraising initiatives and this has been no exception.
“The situation out in Ukraine is utterly awful and it’s been heartbreaking to see it all unfold. We just wanted to help and offered our offices as a collection hub.
“I designed a poster to go in the window and things just snowballed. We have been inundated with people coming in dropping things off and offering to help in whatever way they can.
“One little boy came in with a shoe box full of items he’d bought with his pocket money and a lady just came in offering six transit vans to take everything to the collection point this weekend.
“We can’t thank everyone enough for their help. It really will make the world of difference.”
The cause is particularly close to Amy’s heart as her sister in law and her family are from Ukraine and left their home as the fighting started last week. They are now safe in Poland.
She said: “They are very stoic, but it’s still a very scary time not really knowing if they are going to be OK.
“I’m so grateful as everyone here has been so generous – it means the world not just to us, but to everyone out there.”
Please bring any donations to the Evesham and Pershore offices between now and Friday March 11.
Items on the list include toiletries, colouring books and toys for children, gloves, hats, scarves, socks, underwear, blankets, sleeping bags, first aid kits, thermal clothing, pyjamas, torches and batteries, phone bank chargers, pet food and nappies.