Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s firefighters help Newcastle Polish Centre with Ukraine relief efforts.
They have stoutly answered an urgent call from the local community to help with relief efforts being channelled from Tyneside to war-torn areas of Ukraine.
Earlier today [Wednesday 9th March] firefighters from Newcastle Central Community Fire Station arrived just after 7am at Newcastle’s Polish Centre on Maple Terrace in the City to help other volunteers load essential donated items on to relief trucks bound for their Eastern Europe destination.
The items include first aid kits, masks, tinned and dried food, clothing, sleeping bags, shoes, baby products and toiletries.
Once the trucks were loaded up, the transported goods were taken to a temporary storage base in Seaton Delaval, where they will later be distributed to their final destination point in Ukraine.
Firefighters from Tynemouth Community Fire Station were also on-hand in Seaton Delaval to assist with the receipt of the items once they arrived from Newcastle’s Polish Centre.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Peter Heath of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: “This is a moving example of how solidarity and community spirit being shown here in Tyne and Wear can help people in need nearly three thousand miles away in the Ukraine.
“We are proud of our firefighters and fire control staff who have assisted the community call for action, which represents our commitment for not only helping to keep people safe from harm in the North East but to also show empathy to other people who may require our assistance in other parts of the world.
“It’s a small part we have played in the overall scheme of the efforts to support people in Ukraine. But all of these small gestures and acts of kindness will hopefully provide some relief and hope to those suffering – showing that people care and are thinking about them.”
The initial call was received by TWFRS’s Fire Control team just after 6pm on Tuesday evening (8th March) by a representative from Newcastle’s Polish Centre – who are co-ordinating the community relief efforts.
They asked if there was any opportunity that firefighters in the area could help with the loading and unloading operation of the donated items.
Mariusz Biziewski, a representative from Newcastle’s Polish Centre, said: “The response from the Fire Service and the local community has been amazing and beyond our wildest expectations. Without the help of the firefighters we couldn’t have moved a fraction of the items that we have done today.
“It has been overwhelming. In total we’ve transported about four lorry loads of materials weighing approximately 100-tonnes. They will be greatly received by the people of Ukraine. The urgent supplies are to be dispatched to residents who are seeking refuge in Poland, and also to communities in Ukraine itself.”
Over twenty firefighters from Newcastle Central and Tynemouth Community Fire Stations assisted with the relief operation, across various drop offs, morning and afternoon.
Over the coming days the donated items will be driven by volunteers to the Polish border and then reloaded on to Ukrainian trucks and lorries for distribution to the local communities.
TWFRS will continue to assist with the Newcastle Polish Centre’s donation appeal whenever possible.
Vicky Pattison left in tears before her praised Channel 4 documentary airs
Vicky Pattison opened up on Instagram on Tuesday to reveal that she had been ‘crying in the toilets for hours’ after a press tour for her Channel 4 documentary on alcoholism left her ‘completely emotionally exhausted.
The Geordie Shore star confirmed last month that she would be releasing a documentary focusing on her father John’s battle with drink and addressing her own fears that she could follow his path, admitting that alcohol has already impacted stages of her career.
My Dad, Alcohol and Me aired on Tuesday at 10pm on Channel 4 and has already received widespread praise from viewers.
The promotional trial ahead of the documentary’s release saw Vicky appearing on shows like The One Show and This Morning, as well as in numerous magazines and newspapers.
Vicky is known for her honest social media presence, and on Tuesday posted a tearful selfie to Instagram with the following caption:
“Today got the better of me… 🥺
“I’ve spent the last month talking about things that I’ve kept bottled up for years- in the hopes that people will watch my documentary tonight and understand a little bit more about addiction and alcoholism. But I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t left me completely emotionally exhausted. Every interview I did I grew closer and closer to tears.
“I went and hid in the toilets at the BBC today and had a little cry after my chat- which I’d been threatening to do all day if I’m honest with myself ”
She also shared that she hopes that the documentary is able to help even just one person feel less alone or bring one family closer together while bringing clarity and peace, and helping people understand what those struggling with addiction and those that love them have to face on a daily basis.
How Tyneside sizzled during the four-month summer heatwave of 1976
Looking back, according to the weather records, the summers of 2003, 1995, 1959, 1949 and 1915 were some of the true scorchers of the last 100 years or so.
But it was the blistering, seemingly endless summer of 1976 that will remain forever burned into the memory of anyone who lived through it.
The sun began shining in April and kept shining 45 years ago as the summer heatwave saw British temperatures nudging the mid 30s for months on end.
The heatwave kicked off in April and for week after week, the sun blazed in cloudless skies over Britain. Millions of us began flocking to the seaside and the countryside, and sunbathing in parks and back.
We also saw massive swarms of seven-spotted ladybirds landing in the country, a vivid memory for many.
But it wasn’t all sunshine and easy going, the extreme heat led to severe drought. The impact of the drought on water supplies led to water rationing, with rivers in parts of the country running dry.
The 1976 heatwave is understood to have also been the cause of 20% ‘excess deaths’ and there were significantly more hospital emergency admissions from 24 June to 8 July 1976 than for the same period in 1975 or 1974.
The heatwave and drought eventually came to an abrupt end when severe thunderstorms swept across the country, with September and October of 1976 bringing lots of rain.
Do you remember the blazing summer of ’76?
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