The Town Council shares the shock and sadness felt by people all around the world at the current situation in Ukraine and our thoughts are very much with the Ukrainian people, as well as their family and friends living in different countries.
As a gesture of our strong solidarity with and support for Ukraine and the bravery of its people, the Town Council will be holding a minute’s silence at its Council Meeting on 9th March and has also ordered two Ukrainian national flags which will be raised and flown from its flag poles at the Council Offices and St Clare’s Church from next week.
We are aware that Great Aycliffe residents may also want to offer their support.
If you wish to help we have been advised by the British Red Cross that the most effective way of this at the current time is via cash donations, which can be made online via the British Red Cross or by calling 0300 023 0820. The Red Cross is advising that they are not sending volunteers or donated goods to Ukraine at this time and has asked us to encourage people to contribute through donations. Further information on the reasons for this is available on the British Red Cross website.
However if you do wish to make a physical donation, we are aware that several community organisations and charities in County Durham are organising collections ahead of arranging delivery to Ukraine, and that Lifeline Community Action in Newton Aycliffe are accepting donations at their town centre shop next to Boyes, which is open on a Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10am – 12noon.
If you can help and would like to donate, the most urgently needed items include:-
- Baby Food
- Wet Wipes
- Cleaning Products
- Bedding and Blankets
- Non-Perishable Food such as Pasta and Cereal
- Medical Supplies such as Dressings and Bandages
- Sanitary Products
- Children’s Colouring Books and Crayons