Redbridge Town Hall opens doors for donations to refugees

Redbridge residents wishing to support refugees can donate essential items at Redbridge Town Hall starting this Thursday (September 9).

The borough is home to refugees from many parts of the world and has a proud history of diversity.

The Redbridge Refugee Donation Drop Off Centre has been organised in a partnership between Redbridge Council and the local voluntary sector.

Located at Redbridge Town Hall, it will be staffed by volunteers from Ilford Salvation Army.

The centre will be open on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 am to 4 pm until further notice. Only good quality donations of specific items (listed below) are required.

The leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal, said: “I am proud to announce the opening of our donation collection centre at Redbridge Town Hall in Ilford, which will be receiving donations to support refugees.

“Redbridge has a long history of welcoming people from all over the world who have made our borough their home, and I am proud of the desire shown by local residents to help those in need, especially in light of the tragic scenes that we have seen in Afghanistan over the last few months.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners in the voluntary sector who are helping to get the donations to those that need them the most, and to all of those donating essential items.”

The Salvation Army’s leader in Ilford, Major Phil Howe, said: “The situation in Afghanistan has touched the hearts of many local people.

“Across the UK, Salvation Army churches and centres are working with local authorities in areas where refugees are temporarily housed to ensure they are supported. The Salvation Army in Ilford is proud to be part of a community that puts concern into practical action, always ready to help those who need support, whether local or from afar. Many thanks in advance to all who will support”.

Your donations will be collected from the Town Hall by volunteers and taken to a CVS distribution centre in Havering, where they will be sorted and shared with refugee families arriving across north east London.

Clothes are not required. Please only donate the following good quality items:

  • Pushchairs
  • Baby baths
  • New baby bottles
  • Sterilising units
  • Sterilising tablets
  • Working suitcases and holdalls
  • Headscarves
  • Prayer mats
  • Qurans

Mick Ferris

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