Over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we estimate we have collected in excess of 15 tonnes in donations, ranging from teddy bears, hot water bottles, food, camp beds, sleeping bags, toiletries, personal hygiene products, nappies, pet food, clothes the list goes on. Week two - anothe 5 tonnes of donations plus over £4k collected in a street collection!
A few highlights, we were visited by Mayor Simon and Mayoress Donna O'Rourke, who rolled up their sleeves and joined in. We had people travelling to Clitheroe from as far afield as Rochdale, Bolton and a lady with her car loaded to the gunnels from Ormskirk, and of course the people of Ribble Valley responded magnificently as they always do. In addition to donating goods, we have received substantial financial donations, which will go towards funding transport costs to ship the goods to The Ukraine and Poland.
Many volunteers came along to work alongside Rotarians, many from the team that worked with Rotary during the covid vaccination programme at Clitheroe Health Centre and West Bradford Village Hall. We were especially delighted to welcome Georgy and Charlie, whose mother said they asked what they could do to help? Georgy, a year seven student at Bowland High School, arrived with a chocolate cake she had made for volunteers and worked hard over several hours brewing up and packing goods. Charlie, a pupil at Chatburn Primary School, made up and labeled boxes, helped loading vans and generally got stuck in, our thanks to them both.
One Rotarian, from Longridge, has motivated his community to support Rotary, which resulted in 5 car loads of goods winging therir wat across Ribble Valley to Clitheroe.
Going forward we are going to have to modify our plans for the coming weekend, due to our success. We have run out of storage space for next weekend and our partners at International Aid Trust are bursting at the seams with goods. So, we will suspend the collection of donations from noon on Friday March 11th. Our collection centre at St Mary's Centre, Church Street, will be open Friday morning, March 11th., from 9am to noon, but closed Saturday and Sunday. Other collection centres will still be open to receive donations.
Ribble Valley, you did us proud and many people with Ukrainian relatives came along to thank Rotary and local people for their overwhelming generosity. Rotary would also like to thank the local businesses who supported us with the loan of vans, donated boxes, tape etc and to St. Mary's Centre for allowing us to take over the Hall.
Stop Press News - Clitheroe Rotary will be making a bucket collection around Clitheroe town centre Saturday March 12th for the people of Ukraine, please support us if you can.
Week two update: the collection centre opened its doors Friday morning asnd the donations just kept coming. We received shoe box donations from two schools, St. Mary's, Chipping and St. Mary's Sabden, thank you to all the children who put the shoe boxes together.
We estimate another five tonnes of goods came in thaking the total to 20 tonnes. On Saturday, Rotarians and friends made a cash street collection of over £4000 pounds, thank you to all that donated either by cash or card. £1,500 has been donated to each of the following charities: International Aid Trust, to cover fuel and transportation costs, Shelter Box, to provide shelter kits and UK Meds to provide medical equipment.
A big thank you to Dugdales Nutrition for shrink wrapping, palletising and storing all the goods.