Medical supplies wanted at Macclesfield Ukrainian Aid Collection Point
By Alex Greensmith
18th Mar 2022 | Local News
Meet the heroes behind the Macclesfield Ukrainian Aid Collection Point.
The Gunco Lane good cause to support the Ukrainian war effort has been working non-stop for weeks now.
The items donated have been a vast range.
Food, blankets and toilet rolls have been some of the most donated items.
But there have also been more out-of-the-box thinking items donated, including generators and playing cards.
They are pushing 50 dedicated volunteers at the Macclesfield site.
This includes a local family who are having sleepless nights with relatives of their own in the under-threat Eastern European country.
Macclesfield resident Anne Hancock has family in Ukraine, and has set up an aid collection in a unit once used by her son's business.
"The supplies from Macclesfield will make multiple drops across the along the Ukraine Romanian and Polish borders, and they do go into Ukraine as well," said Anne.
"From the first few trucks the feedback is they have been really grateful but they actually need much more medical stuff."
"[This is] because they have a lot of injuries and want to direct more stuff to the hospitals," said Anne.
"It is nice to support the civilians but we have to support the soldiers as well.
"The crux of this is to stop the fighting and end the war. They are not brilliantly equipped. And they desperately need night vision.
"Financial donations to Ukraine Aid Manchester will directly go to help solving this problem."
A recent recruit is mum-of-one Elena, who came over from Lviv at the start of the month to be with her husband in England.
Coincidentally, Anne's has some female relatives are also from Lviv, who have fled with their kids to Italy.
Anne's Macclesfield-based children, Tom Jackson and Jenny Hancock are also helping co-ordinate the donation point. The latter has the extra position of running their social media presence.
In an emotional Facebook post this morning, Macclesfield Ukrainian Aid Collection Point said: "We want to thank everyone who has donated, volunteered or taken the time to share our posts.
"This just wouldn't be possible without you amazing people."
Three weeks ago on Thursday February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine. Just days later, the Macclesfield donation point was up and ready to go.
Their next truck will pick-up on the one month anniversary of the invasion.
The next HGV will be arriving to them on Thursday March 24, and they need to get it filled.
The good cause hopes the people of Macclesfield can rally together before that date to help ensure the truck is filled with these key - potentially life-saving - items.
If you're stuck on what to donate, medical supplies and euro pallets (to help distribute the items into trucks) are urgently required.
The full list of items the Macclesfield Ukrainian Aid Collection Point needs is as follows:
Non-perishable food e.g dry processed or canned food
Tableware and cutlery (reusable and disposable)
Ready meals (dry)
Energy bars/protein bars
Instant rice / porridge etc
Nappies (adult and child)
Underwear (adults and children)
Battery / wind up torches
Solar phone chargers
First Aid Kits
Mask (Disposable and Reusable)
Syringes with needles (different volumes)
Oral dehydration suspension
Pain relief - including infant pain relief
Neck braces Unfortunately, due to the generosity of Macclesfield, clothes donations are no longer being taken.
The address for drop-offs is Unit 2C Sutton Mill, Gunco Lane, Macclesfield SK11 7JL.
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