For over the past two weeks, the entire S. Anselm’s community has been gathering, purchasing and packaging up vital supplies to send to the Ukraine. Our efforts were focused on collecting as many essential first aid supplies, baby food, nappies, toiletries, sleeping bags, blankets, paper cups, thermos flasks and pet food supplies as possible, to help alleviate the suffering of families fleeing the terrors of war.
Children across the school, from Pre-Prep upwards, brought in items daily to their form rooms and were involved in processing and packaging the items.
Having watched a news report about a young girl who is currently in a refugee camp and who was playing football, Year 8 even decided they wanted to send some footballs and one has been added (deflated!) to every box of aid.
We are indebted to Mrs Oldershaw, one of our parents, for organising a lorry to transport our donations to Poland.
On Friday morning, an almost military operation got underway as the lorry turned into S. Anselm’s car park, ready to be packed and get on its way to the Ukraine border.
Year 7 were chosen to lead the operation of transferring all the packages to the lorry and they did a marvelous job.
Later in the day, the boxes were transferred onto a larger vehicle for their onward journey to Poland.
They are now en route to aid centres in Zamość, Tarnów and Boguchwala in the South East of Ukraine and our thoughts and prayers go with them.