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Pupils at a Bishop's Stortford primary school and their parents were quick to respond to the Indie's appeal for aid for Ukrainian refugees.

Hillmead at Bishop's Park issued a call-out after school office administrator Helen Wardle spotted the Indie's plea for donations of personal hygiene items for women and children fleeing the war-ravaged country.

The school collected 30-40 bags of donations, including 30 large packs of nappies, about 50 bottles of baby lotion, shower gel, shampoo, numerous packs of sanitary items, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Parents and pupils at HIllmead Primary donated 30-40 bags for Ukraine (55435611)
Parents and pupils at HIllmead Primary donated 30-40 bags for Ukraine (55435611)

Helen said: "I'd seen the appeal in the Indie and thought we should do something, and the same day one of our Year 5 pupils, Gethin, and his mum, Annie Lewis, who runs our after-school club Night Owls, came to the office to ask if we would support your appeal."

Parents have been dropping off carloads of Hillmead's donations at the Indie office this week.

The Indie launched its appeal on Tuesday March 1 in support of Uttlesford charity Felsted Aid for Deprived Children, aka UK-Aid, which has been supporting Ukrainian families in need since 2001. Its primary purpose is to help sick and underprivileged children, especially those still suffering from the devastating effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Hillmead pupils with just some of the donated goods (55461716)
Hillmead pupils with just some of the donated goods (55461716)

Over the years it has carried out 84 mercy missions to Ukraine. It is sending six lorries laden with aid to Moldova, as its usual supply line to Ukraine has been shut down.

We are accepting the following new items: women's and children's underwear, towels, shower gels, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sanitary items, nappies and toilet paper.

You can drop off items at the Indie office at 12 North Street in Stortford (CM23 2LQ) weekdays from 9am to 5.30pm. The deadline for donations is 5.30pm on Thursday (March 17).

Each aid trip to Ukraine costs Felsted Aid at least £3,000 and it is in urgent need of funds for transport. The easiest way to donate is via bank transfer. For details visit uk-aid.org.

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