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Ukraine invasion / Aid trust sends 18 pallets of clothes and bedding for Ukraine appeal

Photo: Liam Adamson

EIGHTEEN pallets of clothes and bedding destined for the people of Ukraine has been sent from Shetland.

Shetland Aid Trust’s shipment amounted to around 270 bags in total.

It comes after nine pallets of donated aid items recently left the isles following a collection by Shetland Solidarity with Refugees.

Shetland Aid Trust chairperson Bruce Cleminson said the organisation – which has been active for around 30 years – has also given £3,000 to four charities working on the Ukraine appeal.

The trust’s 18 pallets were sent using Northwards, which is taking them to Glasgow for no charge.

“From Glasgow, the Barnabas Fund are taking them, by their own transport to Swindon, where they check such goods, and then transport them on to the Ukraine,” Cleminson explained.

“We are grateful to all the people of Shetland for giving money, and sending in the clothing, and to our team of sorters and packers for getting the clothes ready, and for Northwards for so generously providing the lorry and driver and taking the pallets south to Glasgow for us.

Photo: Liam Adamson

“We are also grateful for those who organise and run the Shetland Aid Trust shop two or three times per year as this brings in many thousands of pounds per year and makes this kind of financial support possible.

“The next Shetland Aid Trust shop is in the Toll Clock Centre for two weeks starting 16th April.”

He added: “The Shetland Aid Trust has been involved in taking or sending help to various countries in the former communist block for the last 30 years, and are glad now to be able to give practical help in such a terrible situation as we are witnessing just now in Ukraine.”

Cleminson also said he was pleased to read of Shetland Solidarity with Refugees’ own shipment, adding that it was “an example of the practical care and generosity of Shetland folk”.

The trust began life taking items to Albania in the 1990s, with folk driving lorries direct from Shetland, but it later teamed up with a Scottish charity which had its own distribution centre.

This week a mother and son from Ukraine spoke to Shetland News after moving to the isles as refugees.