Saffron Walden Rotary is holding a collection for homeless Ukrainians as colder weather approaches.

The collection will take place on Saturday, September 30 from 9am until 1pm on Saffron Walden Common next to the car park.

Rotarians are raising money for the over three and a half million people who have been left homeless in Ukraine due to the war with Russia.

Project leader John Tapscott has been informed that in addition to the ongoing need for canned and dried food there will be dire need for warm winter clothing, shoes, waterproof items and bedding (sheets, pillows and blankets but not duvets).

Other items needed are toiletries and towels, soap, shampoo for adults, children and babies, plates, cutlery, cooking utensils, cleaning materials, washing powder, wet wipes, dish cleaning gel, antibacterial gel, sewing and knitting equipment, torches and batteries, bicycles, generators and basic first aid items.


With Christmas approaching, presents for children would be much appreciated - such as toys, confectionary, games, balls and colouring books.

Rotary is also accepting cash donations to help with the £3,000 transportation costs for unpaid volunteers to get the items to Ukraine.

These can be made at the collection point by cash or credit card on the day.

John said: "Given the tremendous support received from local people over the last year we are hopeful that we will get a good response again for those living in such hardship.

"Rotary Saffron Walden is very appreciative of all the support it gets in its many different fundraising efforts."