Updated: Apr 22
Shops and restaurants in Stoke Newington collected a Luton van full of supplies for Ukrainian refugees.
Boxes packed full of batteries, first aid supplies, sanitary products, sleeping bags, toiletries, torches, baby milk, wipes, nappies and more were loaded up by a team of volunteers at Hub clothes store in March.
Among the Stoke Newington businesses supporting the collection were Prep, Folka, Earlybird Cards, Location Location, Search & Rescue, Dog Snug, Stoke Newington Bookshop, Sophie MacBain, La Rosetta and Rouge.
Georgie Cook, who runs Hub with her sister Lou, said: “What’s happening in Ukraine is just so distressing – we have been feeling completely helpless. By coming together as a community we have collected vast amount of supplies to help the children and mothers fleeing the country. Our thanks go to everyone who donated."
Among the donations was a huge supply of medicines, bought at wholesale prices by a big group of residents in Oldfield Road in partnership with Safedale Pharmacy.
The donations were taken to a collection centre in Balham and driven by lorry to Poland, ready to be passed on to refugees close to the border with Ukraine.
Other traders are planning events and auctions to support Ukraine over the coming weeks.