Mary Kelly Foy, Member of Parliament for the City of Durham has been left “gobsmacked” and “overwhelmed” by the scale of donations she has received as part of her drive to deliver
much needed maternity supplies to mothers, and new-borns fleeing the War in Ukraine. Ms Foy launched her appeal online just a week ago, calling for the people of Durham to
donate a range of items from nappies, toiletries, bottles and infant clothing which is desperately needed.
A mountain of donations has so far been collected from individuals and groups across County Durham, including from local schools such as Bearpark Primary and New College
Durham, Durham University, New Brancepeth Village Hall, Brandon Carrside Youth & Community Project and many more.
The Labour MP has reacted as the final load of donations have now been added to those collected at Ludworth Community Centre, and are now in transit to Poland where they will be distributed to those fleeing the war.
Ms Foy has now ended her donation drive due to the quantity of goods received. Those who wish to support refugees are encouraged to donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal: https://donation.dec.org.uk/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal
Nevertheless, reacting to the huge outpouring of generosity by local people during tough economic times Ms Foy said:
“Since the Russian Invasion of Ukraine began, a tragic humanitarian crisis has unfolded before our eyes. Sitting hundreds of miles away in County Durham, watching these atrocities unfold, people can often feel powerless to help. It is almost impossible to comprehend the terror and uncertainty that expectant mothers and parents with newborns must feel as they flee war. That is why I felt it was vitally important to gather donations of maternity supplies.
The horrifying images of a maternity hospital in the City of Mariupol, bombed by Russian forces yesterday present the indiscriminate brutality of this violence- a truly sickening atrocity. I have been truly gobsmacked by the generosity of the people of Durham who have overwhelmed my constituency office with the sheer quantity of donations. We are not the wealthiest area, and these are tough economic times for many people in Durham- that makes the scale of these donations all the more selfless and impressive, and highlights Durham’s unshakeable solidarity with the people of Ukraine.”