On Saturday (30th April), Arundel and South Downs MP Andrew Griffith and his wife Barbara visited Petworth Ukraine Relief at the group’s logistics HQ, located at a barn just north of Lodsworth.
They met with organiser Eddie Boyes, Kirstie Madgwick, Andrew Ashton-Smith, Graham Whittington and many others including hosts and their Ukrainian guests. Chichester MP Gillian Keegan also visited the initiative which is being supported far and wide (the MP’s respective constituencies meet at Halfway Bridge on the A272).
Right now, Petworth Ukraine Relief is urgently in need of medical supplies (bandages, dressings, over the counter medicines, old crutches and air cast boots etc), tinned and packet food of all kinds, baby supplies (nappies, powdered milk) and general toiletries. They also need more volunteers to help with packing, sorting and driving.
Donations can be dropped off at allocated points including De Ja Vu, The Star, Petworth Primary School, and Chiddingfold Boots. For more information and their latest updates see the group’s Facebook page – Petworth Ukraine Relief - or contact Andrew Griffith’s office and he would be happy to connect you if you wish to volunteer.
A lorry will be taking donations to an orphanage, which is currently caring for 257 children, in the Kyiv area of Ukraine.
“It was great to see so much support being given to the group by local residents from Petworth and surrounding villages. Across West Sussex there has been a fantastic response and people are helping in many ways from volunteering, hosting families to donation goods or money. The Homes for Ukraine scheme is now working well and my office and I have helped over 120 different claims so far making this one of the leading areas in the whole of the UK.”
Photograph attached Pic (left to right): Eddie Boyes, Barbara Griffith, Andrew Griffith MP, Andrew Ashton-Smith and Kirstie Madgwick. – Photo credit – Graham Whittington Lens Art