An aid ferry will leave the Isle of Wight for Moldova on Friday evening.
An arctic truck, loaded with clothes, food, toiletries, survival tents and more, will take a few days to reach neighboring war-torn Ukraine. This is where many refugees arrive, driven from their homes by the Russian invasion.
Scroll down for a full list of Isle of Wight drop off points and for a video on the Ukraine aid effort…
Victoria Dunford, who runs MAD-Aid, is helping lead the Isle of Wight’s response to the crisis.
For years, the charity has been bringing old medical equipment and other items from the UK to its Phoenix Center in Riscani, which supports disabled Moldovans.
Today, this center accommodates mothers and children fleeing their homes across the border, some stopping briefly before rejoining family and friends elsewhere in Europe, others having nowhere to go. go.
Victoria was in Moldova when the war broke out on Thursday morning (February 24).
She told the county press that initially it was unclear what was happening: “We heard the explosion – the echo.
“I woke up at 6.30am to the sound of the bomb, thinking it was a thunderstorm. I found out an hour later that we were at war.
“Thursday night I managed to get back to the UK. I left my family in Moldova. I wondered where I would be more useful and I could be more useful here.”
CLICK HERE to donate via MAD-Aid’s Facebook appeal. This will help pay for transportation.
Aid is already pouring in at drop-off points around the island, including the old library building opposite MAD-Aid’s East Cowes base and the Isle of Wight County Press building at Brannon Way in Newport.
At East Cowes, 11 York Avenue is accepting donations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. today (Thursday).
Councilman Cameron Palin said: “It’s phenomenal the amount we’ve received. The community on the island has really come together.”
East Cowes councilor Karl Love said: “We had a large delivery from an outdoor camping center – everything from petrol cans and sleeping bags to tents and air bags .
“We could do with canned food with rings and the kind of stuff you wouldn’t normally think of.”
East Cowes Mayor Tracy Reardon said: “We want to say thank you to everyone who helped organize this. We are all passionate and just want to help.
What help and what donations does Ukraine need?
Items needed include…
- Bandages, dressings, disinfectants and tourniquets
- Blankets, duvets, pillowcases, sleeping bags and thermal blankets
- Personal hygiene items – soaps, shampoos, sanitary napkins, tampons, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
- Baby bottles, infant formula, jars and tubes
- Long lasting food
- Torches, batteries, flasks and hand warmers
- Disposable cups, plates, bowls and cutlery
- Mattresses and cots
- reflective vests
- Children’s toys – preferably small ones, coloring books and pencils.
Read more: Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely speaks Ukrainian at PMQs VIDEO
MAD-Aid’s Victoria Dunford said those seeking shelter were scared and exhausted: “It’s terrifying. There are a lot of tears.
“It’s a real shock. There’s no logic to everything that’s happening.
“Everyone left everything behind. Some of them grabbed a suitcase, or their papers and all the money they had.
“They don’t know where they are going. They are going into the unknown.
She says many people in the region fear Russian forces will stop Ukraine.
Read more: A man from Ukraine’s Isle of Wight helps children in war zones
“We don’t know what Putin is going to do”
Victoria said: “People in Moldova are also terrified because we are not the safest place.
“We don’t know what Putin is going to do and we are under the same radar as Ukraine.
“We are vulnerable but everyone remains quite positive.
We are focused on helping Ukrainian refugees, but everyone in Moldova is careful because they themselves could be refugees tomorrow.”
Red Funnel has scheduled a free crossing for the aid truck on Friday evening.
From there, he will travel to Moldova, then the goods will be transferred to small vans with the aim of bringing them across the border to those who could not leave.
Items that cannot be transported will be used to help Ukrainian refugees in Moldova.
“Pray for the Ukrainian people,” Victoria said.
Ukrainian aid drop off points on the Isle of Wight
Bembbridge: Home (218318) – 7 High Street. Available for donations from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Binstead: Binstead Stepping Stones Nursery School (562341) at the top of Hazlemere Avenue is open for donations Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cowes: St. John the Baptist Church, Northwood — items can be dropped off between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
East of Cowes: MAD Aid (200648), based at 11 York Avenue, accepts donations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. until Friday March 4.
Queengate Foundation Primary School (292872).
Gunville: A residential address at 146 Gunville Road has a trash can outside with Ukrainian flags in which items can be dropped.
Gurnard: All Saints Church (294913) — items can be dropped off between 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Newport: JJ’s Take-Out in whitepit Lane (717557) – Donate through the take-out area or through a driver if you’re having food delivered.
True Vine Church, based at 26a High Street, asks for cardboard boxes and tape and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
Orchard House Care Home (520022) — 189 Fairlee Road is now a drop-off point.
County Press Office – Brannon House, 123 Pyle Street – Weekdays 9am-4.30pm.
Ryde: Items can be dropped off at Urban Saints on Oakhill Road (811118).
Ryde Elim Church (615965) rue Albert: Thursday 9.30am-2.30pm or Friday 9.30am-12pm. Ryde Veterans Hub – 162 High Street.
Ryde Academy (567331) – Pell Lane.
Ventnor: The Green Room (857848): Salisbury Gardens, Dudley Road — 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday.
Fabulash (716850) — 21 Pier Street
Yarmouth: The Yarmouth Sailing Club (760270) is accepting donations between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 through Friday, March 4.
Wooton: 41 High Street, Wootton, PO33 4LU9 -5.30pm Monday Friday 9am-4pm