Northumberland County Council have issued a statement asking people to stop taking goods to their collection points for the Ukraine appeal.
The council statement reads: We have received a tremendous response to donations across Northumberland and we want to say a huge thank you to those who have donated.
We now ask for item donations to stop so that we can help collect all that has been donated and get those items to the sorting site to be packaged and ready for their onward journey.
Everyone can still play their part.
Financial donations are still very much needed and will have an immediate impact on those fleeing their homes in Ukraine.
Further information regarding the appeal can be found on the Northumberland County Council website here: https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Supporting-Ukraine.aspx
The collection point at The Northumberland Hall in Alnwick, which is organised by Alnwick Town Council will therefore close at 6pm on Thursday evening.
Alnwick Town Mayor, Councillor Lynda Wearn commented “We know people want to help as much as possible but because the response by the public has been so generous the County Council needs time to arrange the logistics of getting the goods to where they are needed.
“So for the present, we ask people to give financial donations but we will keep the public updated as the situation changes.”
“Alnwick Town Council is presently finalising the arrangements for Sunday’s procession and flag raising ceremony at the Column Field. That will provide another way for people to show their support for the people of Ukraine.”
The closure applies to the Alnwick Town Council and Northumberland County Council sites only and does not affect other independent drop-off points.
Pictured: Alnwick Town Mayor Councillor Lynda Wearn