As the number of refugees fleeing Ukraine continues to rise, Manning’s Amusements in Felixstowe has led a county-wide campaign to collect essential supplies for delivery to Romania.
Manning’s Amusements in Felixstowe has praised the “overwhelming” generosity of local residents, after the park established a donations drop-off for supplies to help Ukrainian refugees.
The initiative, intended to support a local man as he prepares to travel to Romania to deliver relief, saw the Manning’s Beach Street site inundated with medicines, sanitary products and clothing.
“Staff at Manning’s Amusement Park in Sea Road, Felixstowe, have been collecting donations which will be travelling with Trimley St Martin resident Oliver Horsman when he travels to the Romanian/ Ukrainian border,” reported the East Anglian Daily Times.
“Park owner Charles Manning estimated that his team had received about two tonnes of donations, including sanitary products, baby clothes and blankets and said space had to be created in the storeroom to accommodate the supplies.”
Commenting on the donations, Manning said: “The response has been immense. It is really overwhelming that people have got involved and donated so generously. We are amazed at the amount of donations we have received for Ukraine. We are sorting things into boxes and are low on warm women’s clothing. We are collecting till Thursday afternoon. Thank you to all who have donated so far.”
Horsman is acting as codriver for the small fleet of vans, which left Felixstowe for the Romanian city of Suceava on 5 March, having collected donations from drop-off points across the county on the previous day.
“My wife is Lithuanian so therefore our kids are half Eastern European so it’s very close to home,” Horsman told Suffolk News. “My wife’s friend who runs a logistics company between the UK and Ukraine said there are charities out there screaming for certain items they want to take into Ukraine through the Romanian borders.”
“I’m not really nervous, maybe I haven’t thought about it too much. I’m more pleased that everyone has come together. The majority of the trip is reasonably safe through mainland Europe, it’s just when you get nearer Romania and so on where it starts to get slightly hairier.”