By Rob Reynolds, Director of External Relations
With many Ukrainian people fleeing the horror and danger caused by the Russian military invasion of their country this week, the Bedales community is coming together to offer practical help to them and other displaced people in two key ways – and we need your support with these:
- A collection of essential items to deliver to Ukrainians arriving in Poland
- A day dedicated to supporting refugees next Tuesday in partnership with the Rural Refugee Network
Collection of essential items
We are contributing to a collection being delivered to Ożarów, Poland near the Ukraine border. The following items are particularly needed:
- Adult clothing, toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, sanitary wear, toilet rolls)
- Children’s clothing, pants, socks, nappies, toys, baby wipes, talcum powder, dummies
- Blankets, towels, sleeping bags, roll mats
- First aid supplies such as paracetamol, plasters, bandages
Please drop off donated items to school receptions as soon as possible. Our first collection of goods will be this Sunday, which will enable delivery in the region 24 hours later. We will then arrange further regular collections as necessary.
Bedales has links with the Ożarów community through our own staff. You can read more about how they are supporting refugees here.
A day of support for refugees – Tuesday 8 March
Bedales holds regular community days when members of the school community work together to make a tangible difference to other people’s lives. It is timely that next Tuesday’s Powell Day is dedicated to the Rural Refugee Network (RRN). The RRN has supported refugees arriving in the UK from Syria, Sudan and Afghanistan, and it is currently calling for the government to offer a safe haven to people from Ukraine, whom they are poised to support.
Our Powell day comprises:
- Talk from Gulwali Passarlay about his year long journey from Afghanistan to the UK
- Syria to Steep walk in a day – students will walk a 12 km circuit in Queen Elizabeth Country Park with their tutor. Collectively we will cover the 4,000 km distance from Idlib to Steep – there’s still time to support the campaign by donating here.
- Art Sale – A fundraising sale of artwork from established and emerging artists in the Quad from 6-9 pm. Please come along and buy on the night. Book your free ticket here.
Thank you for your support.