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Collections for Ukraine near me: How you can help those in need

Wales Online logo Wales Online 01/03/2022 Molly Dowrick
Chaos at Lviv Railway Station as the human tide of refugees desperate to leave are massed trying to get a train out of Ukraine to relative safety in Poland © Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning Chaos at Lviv Railway Station as the human tide of refugees desperate to leave are massed trying to get a train out of Ukraine to relative safety in Poland

After Russia invaded Ukraine last week, hundreds of innocent people have reportedly been killed and thousands more injured, displaced or left homeless.

Thousands more Ukrainian people, including young children, have been left with nothing: no shelter, clothing, food, school supplies or medication, and many of them have felt forced to flee the country in order to reach safety.

The United Nations' Refugee Agency has estimated that 660,000 refugees have now fled Ukraine. In a statement on social media on Tuesday, the Agency said: "~ 660,000 refugees have now fled Ukraine to neighbouring countries in the last six days.

"The situation looks set to become Europe’s largest refugee crisis this century, and we have reinforced our operations to respond as quickly and effectively as possible."

Read more: Terrifying satellite images show 40 mile Russian convoy of military vehicles heading towards Kyiv

People in Ukraine and those who have fled to neighbouring countries are relying on international aid and the generosity of strangers around the world, just to get the basic necessities.

In Wales, hundreds of people have rallied together to show solidarity and support with Ukraine, while collecting much-needed items for people facing the war - but collections are ongoing, and charities say they desperately need further donations.

Here's all the places in Wales where you can donate items for Ukraine.

We recommend phoning donation points in advance, to check their opening/collection times.

We are updating this list every day with the latest information on donation sites.

Blaenau Gwent

  • Beaufort Hill Welfare Community Hall - no longer accepting donations

Beaufort Hill, Beaufort, Ebbw Vale, NP23 5QW 07704 057 137

Update, March 3: This donation point is now full. A volunteer wrote on social media: "Due to the overwhelming response across Gwent. Unless you have been personally told otherwise, we are not taking any more donations until further notice.

"Thanks to everyone who has shown such generosity."

This donation point previously had great demand for gloves, scarves, caps, sleeping bags, blankets, baby products and medication.

On Facebook, one volunteer said: "Beaufort Hill Miners Welfare Hall is acting as a hub for collecting and storing essential equipment that’s urgently needed by the people of Ukraine. The hall is available to leave your donations Monday to Friday, 9am to 11am, or Tuesday evening, 4pm to 6pm. The donations will then be moved on for delivery to Poland and then into Ukraine.

"No toys please as they are often bulky and use up valuable transit weight. No clothes thank you, we've been overwhelmed with clothes."

  • Poland Bach

14 Tillery Street, Abertillery, NP13 1HT

Poland Bach is accepting donations for Ukraine. Organisers say they are especially keen to receive donations of baby products (including nappies, modified milk, bottles, wet wipes etc), feminine hygiene items, thermal blankets, sheets, and pillows, rain coats, and toiletries and hygiene products.

They are also particularly keen to collect instant food, (e.g. instant soup etc), dried fruit and nuts, pasta, canned meat and fish, coffee, tea and sugar.

Bridgend

  • Sklep u Pauli - no longer accepting donations

8 Derwen Road, Bridgend, CF31 1LH

Update, March 3: Polish supermarket Sklep u Pauli has now stopped taking donations.

A post on Facebook on March 2, translated into English, said: "Thank you all very much for your huge hearts, help and gifts. Today we concluded Polonia for Ukraine actions. The number of gifts and your help exceeded our highest expectations.

"You guys are amazing. Thank you."

The supermarket hopes to reopen for another collection at a later date.

Another post on Facebook, translated into English, said: "Huge thank you for all your support and donations. We just finished our collection for Ukraine. The amount of donation and help exceeded our highest expectations. We might have another collection at later time, please follow our Facebook page, we will post more information on it. You are wonderful. Thank you so much."

  • Wags and Walking

Bridgend area

Wags and Walking dog walking business is collecting donations from people in Bridgend. Message the business on Facebook to discuss a possible collection.

Cardiff

  • Ania Polski Sklep

144 Clifton Street, Cardiff, CF24 1LZ and 19 Albany Road, Cardiff CF24 1IH

Ania Polski Sklep is accepting donations at its two Cardiff stores.

A statement on Facebook said: "For all those interested, we have joined the action: Help Ukraine, organised by Poland for Ukraine.

"Starting today [February 28] you can also bring packages to our stores in Cardiff: 144 Clifton Street, CF24 1LZ and 19 Albany Road CF24 1lH.

"Organizers no longer accept packages with clothing, list of products needed on the profile 'Polonia For Ukraine'. Contact number 0785 005 06 88."

  • Church Inn Llanishen - no longer accepting donations

This donation point is now full and is no longer accepting donations. Organisers say they have received "phenomenal" support from the public and can't thank people enough.

  • Llanederyn Boxing Gym (Apollos, Llanederyn and Pentwyn ABC)

Understood to be based at Llanedeyrn High School, Roundwood, Llanedeyrn, Cardiff CF23 9US

Apollos, Llanderyn and Pentwyn amateur boxing club is accepting donations at set times.

An update on Facebook on March 3 said: "One million people have had to flee their homes as shared this morning! We need all the donations we can get.

"Drop off point Apollos, Llanederyn and Pentwyn ABC, Roundwood, Llanederyn.

"Monday to Thursday 5.30pm to 7pm."


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Clothing is no longer needed, but coats, shoes, hats, gloves, torches, batteries, candles, toiletries, bedding and instant food, has all been requested.

  • Park Vets

Sanatorium Road, Canton, Cardiff, CF11 8DG 029 2038 22 11

Update, 10am March 2: WalesOnline understands Park Vets has now stopped taking donations.

Park Vets was accepting donations at its Cardiff site - and appealed for assistance transporting the items to a larger collection point in Newport. If you can help with this, do contact the business.

Park Vets initially said it would be collecting donations until 7pm on Wednesday, March 2.

  • St David Veterinary Centre

Pentwyn Drive, Pentwyn and Malvern Drive, Llanishen, Cardiff

As of March 2, St David Veterinary Centre has temporarily paused taking donations, but hopes to be able to accept donations again very soon.

A statement on Facebook said: "March 2: We have been advised to pause donations for now. The response has been incredible so far and we can’t thank you enough. The charity will notify us when we can start accepting donations again.

"Feb 28: The charity have now advised that clothing donations are no longer required. Please continue to donate other items from the list if you can.

"[Feb 27]: Urgent Appeal: We are joining our friends at Park Vets in their appeal for donations to be sent to Ukrainian refugees, currently on Polish territory..."

Do you know of a collection point not listed? Email us and we'll get it added in: molly.dowrick@walesonline.co.uk or leave a comment below

Carmarthenshire

  • Food Plus Carmarthen (Ladybug Delicatessen)

Unit 24A, Merlin's Walk, Carmarthen, SA31 3BN

This donation point is collecting items until 3pm on Wednesday, March 2. The site is no longer able to accept any more clothes, bedding or blankets unless they are new with tags.

  • Hengwrt

Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo, SA19 6AE

A Collection Point for goods and donations for the people of Ukraine has been set up at Hengwrt.

It's been organised by Menter Dinefwr and the Llandeilo Community Action Hub and is accepting donations from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday.

Items most needed are: batteries, torches, candles, shoes, winter clothes (in good condition), nappies, personal hygiene products, painkillers, first aid items, blankets, duvets, sleeping bags, pillows, sheets and canned food.

Chair of Action Hub, Christoph Fischer added: "We've ordered collection buckets but for now we recommend that monetary donations are being made online. Our volunteers and the team at Menter Dinefwr will make sure the donations reach the network of Polish shops currently organising the delivery to Ukraine and Poland."

"Chief executive of Menter Dinefwr, Owain Gruffydd added: "The situation for the people in Ukraine and the refugees in neighbouring countries is horrendous and we’re glad to be able to offer a small help by teaming up with local volunteers.

"This is an enormous humanitarian crisis and all items and donations will be passed on to those in need."

  • Our Lady, Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church [church hall]

Waunlanyrafon, Llanelli, SA15 3AB, 01554 774070

WalesOnline understands the church hall of Our Lady, Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Llanelli is collecting clothing, toiletries, nappies, sanitary items and first aid supplies for the "Ukraine Community Appeal".

The collection has been organised with the Llanelli Polish Society.

  • Now full: St Mary's Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Llanelli received so many donations over the weekend, that they are not able to accept any more donations at the moment.

Neath

  • The Friends and Neighbours Centre

Maes-Y-Ffynnon Close, Neath, SA11 1HQ 01639 698 590

The Friends and Neighbours Centre is supporting the donation point at the NMCC Family Church and is accepting donations at set times.

On Wednesday, March 2, the Friends and Neighbours Centre will be accepting donations from 8pm to 10pm, and the centre will also be accepting donations at 11am to 1pm on Thursday, March 3.

Alternatively, there's another donation point in Neath at the NMCC Family Church (see below).

  • NMCC Family Church (New Maria Church)

Brookdale Street, Melyn, Neath, SA11 1PB

NMCC Family Church is collecting donations for the "Ukraine Appeal" at set times. The items will be transported to Ukraine via the Polish Red Cross, and measures are in-place to ensure the donations reach those people in need.

Pastor John wrote on Facebook: "A huge thank you! We are so grateful to all members of the community that brought along their donations towards the 'Ukraine Appeal' [on Monday].

"Our first night of "Doors Open" was a clear reminder of the generosity and support that our community has for our Ukraine friends.

"We still have three days to continue bringing together our donations.. items that will be a practical support to those who have lost so much. Our doors are open again at NMCC Family Church: Tuesday (2 to 8pm), Wednesday (4 to 8pm), Thursday (4-8pm). Again, thank you for your ongoing support and for such generosity and to those who worked together to sort and pack.. Thank you!"

Newport

  • Rogue Fox Coffee House

3 Clytha Park Road, Newport NP20 4NZ 01633 250 647

In a post on social media, staff at Rogue Fox Coffee House said: "If like us you've been watching the news for the last week and wishing you could help the Ukrainian families, even in a small way, you now can.

"The wonderful Kamila J Photography [local resident Kamila Jarczak] has organised donation points across Newport which will be taken directly to Poland to be distributed amongst the Ukrainian families who have sought refuge there.

"The Rogue Fox Coffee House will be a donation point this week, Monday to Friday, (8am to 4pm).

"The donations they need most at the moment are: toiletries (new, unused), baby nappies (different sizes) and wipes, sanitary products, dog and cat food, batteries, flashlights and candles, thermal clothes, hats and gloves, duvets, blankets, sleeping bags and pillows.

"Thank you in advance for your generosity. I know our community is always supportive and giving."

  • Supermarket ABC

158 - 152 Chepstow Road, Newport NP19 8EG 01633 961 601

International supermarket "Supermarket ABC" in Chepstow Road is collecting items for the Ukrainian appeal.

Organisers are especially keen to receive donations of baby products (including nappies, modified milk, bottles, wet wipes etc), feminine hygiene items, thermal blankets, sheets, and pillows, rain coats, and toiletries and hygiene products.

  • Le Pub
  • 14 High Street, Newport NP20 1FW

    Le Pub is accepting donations "during opening hours," said the Women of Newport campaign group.

Swansea

  • Gosia Hairdresser Stylist

11 Shoppers Walk, Swansea city centre, SA1 3AY 07 506 713 090

Gosia hair salon in Swansea has confirmed it is collecting items for the Ukrainian Appeal.

The manager said she is accepting donations until 5pm on Wednesday, March 2. Donations will be transported to Newport and then on to London, before being transported to Poland Ukraine, she added.

  • Sketty Park Community Centre

Heather Crescent, Sketty, SA2 8HS

The teams at Sketty Online and Sketty Park Community Centre have arranged for a donation point at the community centre.

The site will be accepting donations on Friday, March 4 from 9am to 5pm and on Saturday, March 5 from 9am to 5pm.

Volunteers are especially keen to receive medical equipment and first aid supplies, including paracetamol, calpol, antibiotic ointments, plasters etc. The team have also set up an 'Amazon Wishlist' - to buy an item from their list for the "Sketty United for Ukraine" campaign, click here.

  • Supermarket ABC

18 Woodfield Street, Morriston, Swansea SA6 8AQ 0843 886 82 35

International supermarket "Supermarket ABC" in Woodfield Street is collecting items during opening hours.

Organisers are especially keen to receive donations of baby products (including nappies, modified milk, bottles, wet wipes etc), feminine hygiene items, thermal blankets, sheets, and pillows, rain coats, and toiletries and hygiene products.

They are also particularly keen to collect instant food, (e.g. instant soup etc), dried fruit and nuts, pasta, canned meat and fish, coffee, tea and sugar.

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