We know that, like us, many of our members will be appalled by the scenes we are witnessing in Ukraine. Over a million people have now fled their homes into neighbouring countries, with Poland taking in hundreds of thousands of refugees.
Wiltshire has had ties to Poland since its air force was stationed here in World War II, and the community is pulling together to deliver supplies and support where its needed most during these worrying times.
A number of Wiltshire residents have rallied to organise collections of other essential items, with a number of points across the county.
Donations of the following are urgently needed -
Clothing (especially coats for children of all ages)
First aid equipment (bandages, plasters, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, burn dressings, bandage tape, etc)
Hygiene products (toothbrush, paste, tampons, handwash, etc)
Food with long expiry dates (rice, pasta, tinned goods, etc)
Pet food (mainly dogs and cats)
Pet accessories (toys, beds, bowls, etc)
Dawid Fedyk is leading one project, with donations accepted from 3pm-5pm Monday to Thursday at 61 New Road, Chippenham or 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday/9am to 4.30pm Friday at Melksham Town Hall.
The Polish Community Centre in Swindon is also collecting in partnership with Phoenix Enterprises. Donations are being accepted at Phoenix Enterprises, Unit D, Athena Avenue, Elgin Industrial Estate, Swindon between 8am and 4pm.
More information about where else to donate can be found here.