Wondering where your nearest collection point is to help Ukranian families in need? Look no further than below:
- Deal Direct Blinds, Gateshead
Address: Unit 4, Saltmeadows Road, Gateshead, NE8 3AH
- Benton, Newcastle
Address: Unit 23, North Tyne Industrial Estate, Whitley Road, Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 9SZ
Cut off point is next Monday!
- Sushi Yammi ,North Shields and Di Meo’s, Whitley Bay
Address: 34 Spence Terrace, North Shields, NE29 0JE or Di Meo’s Ices: 9 Marine Ave, Whitley Bay NE26 1LX
Needed by Tuesday next week!
- The Polish Centre, Newcastle
Address: 2 Maple Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7SF
Donations open from 3rd to 13th March. From 2 pm to 6 pm.
Donations will be taken to Poland and divided between temporary care shelters, or as needed, transported to Ukraine.
Warm clothes (all sizes), military gear, shoes and boots (all sizes), sleeping bags, ground mats, walkie talkies, nappies, wheelchairs, baby food, protein bars, non-perishable foods, hot water bottles, batteries, torches, candles, wet wipes, sanitary products, breast pads, toothbrushes, toileteries, new underwear, socks, first aid, pain relief, multi vitamins, back packs, pet food and items for children such as crayons, teddies etc.
- Longhoughton, Alnwick
Address: 3 Lacey Street, Longhoughton, Alnwick, NE66 3AH
- The Hub, Stranton, Hartlepool
Address: The Energy Hub, Dimensional House, 1, 81 Stranton, Hartlepool TS24 7QT
A lorry leaving next Saturday (14th March)
NO CLOTHING YET!
Clean blankets and quilts, first aid kits, toiletries, baby items such as nappies, milk and wet wipes, painkillers such as paracetomol and ruck sacks.
- Firthmoor Community Centre, Darlington
Address: Burnside Rd, Darlington DL1 4SU
The First round of donations will be taken to the polish border this Saturday!
Please take donations to reception between 9am-5pm
In need of the following:
blankets, backpacks, travel cushions, underwear, baby milk, nappies, power banks, pet food, reading glasses, first aid kits, thermal socks (for all ages), unlocked old mobile phones, non-perishable foods such as tinned rice, beans etc and toiletries.
- The Farmers Club, Ryhope, Sunderland
Address: The Farmers Club, Ryhope village, SR20PF or 22 Esdale, Ryhope, Sunderland, SR20JE and also offering collection within Sunderland!
Drop offs – mon-fri – 7pm-11pm
Over the counter medication, first aid supplies, bandages, antiseptic creams, pain relief etc Baby milk formula, baby bottles, toiletries, batteries and sleeping bags.
Address: Ramparts Business Park, Kings Mount Unit 1, TD15 1TQ, Berwick upon Tweed
- The Cut Back, Saltburn By The Sea
Address: 10 Dundas St W, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1BL
- Ferryhill, County Durham
Address: 23 Ferversham Terrace, Chilton Lane, Ferryhill Satation, Ferryhill, DL17 0BW
-First aid kits incl plasters, bandages, eye washes and sterile wipes.
-Over the counter medication incl paracetomol and calpol.
-Good condition blankets, quilts and sleeping bags.
- Millbury Hill, Darlington
Addresses the following:
Address: Pineapple Black, Hill Street Centre, Middlesbrough
By Monday 7th March
NO CLOTHING TO BE COLLECTED UNTIL REQUESTED
We just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who’s organised a collection point, donated, shared and supported these essential collections! It’s great to see the region coming together to help Ukrainian’s in need at this devastating time.
Michael Gove proposes House of Lords sit in Sunderland during Parliament refurbishment
Sunderland has been suggested as one of several locations for the House of Lords to relocate to while Parliament undergoes refurbishment.
York had been previously been proposed but the Government vetoed the plans.
Michael Gove, who is Levelling Up Secretary, is said to have written to Lord McFall of Alcluith suggesting locations including Stoke-on-Trent, Burnley and Sunderland.
In the letter, Mr Gove said he knows “cities and towns across the United Kingdom would be pleased to extend their hospitality to peers”.
He is quoted as saying that having “carefully reviewed the proposed arrangements”, he “will not support the use of the QEII Centre as an alternative location”.
The Queen Elizabeth II Centre conference and exhibition space is just a few minutes’ walk from the Palace of Westminster in London.
In the letter, which the Sunday Times said was also sent to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, Mr Gove suggested a move elsewhere in England, Scotland or Wales.
He is reported to have written: “As the minister responsible for levelling up, it is clear to me that the House of Lords moving elsewhere, even for a temporary period, would be widely welcomed.
“I have carefully reviewed the proposed arrangements and…I will not support the use of the QEII Centre as an alternative location.
“I propose to establish dedicated liaison points for you in my department to support you in identifying a suitable location for the House of Lords in the North, Midlands, South West, Scotland or Wales. I would, of course, be happy to meet you to discuss this.”
Tyne Bridge to Close for Several Weeks for £41m Restoration
Several weeks of overnight closures are planned in order to allow engineers to assess how bad a state the Tyne Bridge is in, before it can be restored to its former glory.
The long-overdue restoration is estimated to cost £41m in order to restore the bridge and refurbish the Central Motorway.
According to a local authority report, the inspection is expected to require the famous crossing to be closed from 10pm to 6am from June 13 to July 1. A number of roads underneath the bridge on the Newcastle Quayside are also due to be affected by the works – with closures due between May 16 and June 10 on Quayside, Lombard Street, Queen Street, and Akenside Hill from 8pm to 6am.
A Newcastle City Council spokesperson said: “We submitted a bid for £41.4 million to Government which, if approved, will enable a four-year maintenance programme for the Tyne Bridge and the Central Motorway to go ahead. As part of the funding process, we are required to carry out some initial works on the Tyne Bridge.
“This includes a full inspection of the bridge, so we can assess its condition and the scale of works required to finalise the costings and project plans to fully restore and refurbish this major structure. This needs to be completed ahead of funding being approved.
“As we need to inspect the entire span of the bridge, overnight closures may be required on the bridge and roads underneath it, so engineers can complete this work safely. Details on the programming are being finalised.”
The Tyne Bridge has not had any major maintenance for two decades and its much-needed refurbishment has been at the top of council officials’ to do list for years, in the hope of ensuring it is looking its best once again by its 100th birthday in 2028. However, it has been warned that the grade II* listed structure may have deteriorated into a worse condition than currently known and council bosses have warned that, like on other major projects like the Grainger Market’s roof repairs, the refurbishment may take longer than expected.”
Seaburn and Roker Beaches Named Best Beaches in the Country in 2022
Sunderland’s beaches have been named among the best in the country for the 11th year running.
Seaburn and Roker were both named as winners of the Seaside Award by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy. The pair were once again handed Blue Flags, marking them out for their for their excellent water quality, cleanliness and attempts to constantly improve visitor amenities.
The Blue Flag awards, now in their 35th year, are issued by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy and act as ‘a quality mark so visitors can be sure the beaches boast top-notch facilities and meet the highest environmental standards’.
Linda Williams, Sunderland City Council’s cabinet member for Vibrant City, said: “It is fantastic to see Sunderland’s beautiful beaches once again awarded the prestigious Blue Flag and Seaside Award.
“Flying these flags at Roker and Seaburn shows everyone who visits that our seafront has excellent quality bathing water and first-class facilities.
“We’re very lucky to have fantastic beaches with beautiful, clean water to swim and bathe in, and this national recognition is testament to the hard work of everyone involved in keeping our beaches clean, tidy and well-maintained.”
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