Carterton Leisure Centre Ukraine Appeal RAF Brize Norton (Picture: BFBS Brize Norton).
Carterton residents and RAF Brize Norton personnel work together (Picture: BFBS Brize Norton).
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RAF Brize Norton personnel help collect 40 tonnes of aid for Ukraine appeal

Volunteers from RAF Brize Norton helped the residents of Carterton gather donations.

Carterton Leisure Centre Ukraine Appeal RAF Brize Norton (Picture: BFBS Brize Norton).
Carterton residents and RAF Brize Norton personnel work together (Picture: BFBS Brize Norton).

Personnel from Royal Air Force Brize Norton have joined forces with the residents of a town in West Oxfordshire to collect 40 tonnes of donations of aid for the victims of war in Ukraine.

A donation centre was set up in Carterton's Leisure Centre after Bill Oddie, West Oxfordshire District Council Group Manager, was approached by personnel at RAF Brize Norton to see how they could work together and arrange a place where people could donate.

Speaking with Jo Thoenes, a broadcaster for BFBS Brize Norton, he said: "I came to work on Monday morning and I was approached by the RAF to say were we intending to set anything up. 

"We had a very brief conversation and decided that we would look for somewhere where people could drop things off in Carterton." 

Carterton Leisure Centre Ukraine Appeal RAF Brize Norton (Picture: BFBS Brize Norton).
Carterton residents and RAF Brize Norton personnel work together (Picture: BFBS Brize Norton).

Residents from near and far, school children keen to help and RAF Brize Norton volunteers rallied together to donate items like warm clothes, bottled water, nappies, pet food, toilet roll and toys.

Becka, 11, left a note with her bag of donated Lego, saying: "Dear Ukrainian children, we are thinking of you through this war. 

"Here is some Lego to play with."

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There was also a huge donation from Toymaster, a large group of independent toy shops across the UK and the Republic Of Ireland, and their suppliers who dropped off 20 boxes of toys for the children of Ukraine. 

West Oxfordshire District Council took to social media to thank everyone who donated items for Ukraine at the Carterton Leisure Centre centre, saying: "The generosity and kindness of West Oxfordshire has once again shone through."

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In total, the volunteers and those who donated managed to collect 1,750 boxes which weighed 40 tonnes. 

The Ukraine appeal centre has now closed while the teams of volunteers process all the donated items and get the goods to Ukraine. 

If you or someone you know needs support at this time, you can find more information here.