Ukraine Appeal

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Dear Families,

‘When I was a boy I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 

“look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping”’ – Mr Rogers

I am sure that we all have been touched and affected by the terrible scenes that we are witnessing on a daily basis as a result of the invasion of Ukraine. At Wilmington Academy we would very much like to do whatever we can to help people that are being affected in this humanitarian crisis. As a result, Wilmington Academy will act as a ‘hub’ for the local area which aims to collect supplies and resources that we can send to Ukrainian refugees that have crossed the border into Poland.

We are working with a colleague who has organised a 40ft container that is being sited at West Park Farm Industrial Estate, Folkestone.  He has also organised a number of HGV/s which will be used to transport donations to Poland.

We are working with KCC, the British Red Cross and the Invicta Rotary club to collect and transport items in the next few days and weeks.  If you would like to help our friends in Ukraine and support our appeal, please see details below.

Donations of Supplies

If you are able to donate any items on the list attached, we would be very grateful indeed.  We are not asking you to necessarily go out and purchase these items but would ask if you have any of these at home and they are in good condition and can be spared, they would be gratefully received.  Donations can be brought into the academy and left with the Reception staff by 25 March.

The appeal is likely to result in a huge effort across our country and will demonstrate the unquestionable compassion we have for those that are suffering the unimaginable horrors of war.  We are truly grateful for any support that you can give as it will make a huge difference to the lives of everyone that has had their lives changed beyond measure.

Yours sincerely,

Mr M Gore


Items for Donation

Ideally if items can be labelled in a box this would be incredibly helpful.

  • baby formula (especially hypoallergenic one – huge shortage)
  • baby feeding bottles, sterilising equipment (nothing electric – different sockets)
  • baby food
  • nappies – any sizes
  • painkiller medication, especially for children
  • charging banks for mobile phones
  • warm socks/gloves/warm hats
  • camping mats
  • sleeping bags
  • protein/energy bars
  • anti-flu medication (Lemsips etc)
  • wound dressings
  • first aid kits
  • warm blankets
  • thermal/base layers
  • hot water bottles
  • insulated flasks
  • female sanitary products
  • any clean soft toys/teddy bears
  • a letter/card of hope and support from children and families.