Churches across the country answered the call to help Ukraine and the many refugees fleeing their homes. The churches in the Upper Wylye Valley Team quickly answered the call with some churches raising much needed funds during their Sunday services.
St Peter and St Paul church in Heytesbury became a central collection point for donations accepting disposable nappies for babies and the elderly, warm, clean children’s clothing, toiletries, plasters, sterilisers, warm blankets, sleeping bags, hand warmers, small toys, and
Baby food. Heytesbury and the surrounding villages donated a huge amount which has now on its way to help those who desperately need it.
Tina Sitwell, our churchwarden says:
“I want to thank everyone who donated items to our appeal. A group of us separated everything into categories such as children's clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, toiletries, etc and bagged and tagged them. Everything was delivered to Armishaws' depot in Salisbury as they were one of the collection centres. The bags were loaded into a wooden container which will be delivered to their Wincanton depot to join other containers, The containers will then be on their way to various sites in Poland and other border countries”.
For now, we are concentrating on raising much needed funds whilst the various collecting depots send off their containers. But we are ready to open as a central collection point again, loving our neighbours near and far, and ready to help in any way we can.