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Staff at Andover Nursing Home Extend Care to Ukraine Refugees

Staff at Millway House in Andover are showing that their care goes beyond the doors of their workplace, as they provide vital donations to the Ukraine crisis. 

Wanting to help those caught up in the conflict in the East European country, care workers at the nurse-led care home have been collecting contributions from friends and family since news of the war broke. And, having put together donation bags filled with supplies, these are now on the way to the Polish/Ukrainan border, thanks to a lorry arranged by the Andover community. 

More than 1.7 million civilians have fled Ukraine because of the Russian invasion, according to the United Nations (UN), and hearing that Andover had a designated drop-off area for donations, staff at Millway House, were anxious to help. 

Claire Lousteau, Home Manager at Millway House, said: “Like everyone, we have been horrified to watch the crisis unfold in Ukraine, and really wanted to offer our support. 

“When we heard that the Polish community in Andover had arranged for a lorry to take donations to the refugee camps, we didn’t think twice, and I’m extremely proud of everyone here who has taken the time to put together some essential supplies.” 

Claire Godding, Wellbeing and Activities Coodinator, dropped off the goods at Picket Twenty Community Centre in the town. 

She said: “We were overwhelmed with items handed over from staff, and I was even able to shop for some little extras with cash donated. 

“It was great to see all the collections coming from the community here and it’s been nice to feel that we are helping in some way.” 

Donation bags included baby food and formula, first aid supplies, toiletries, adult incontinence pads, and not forgetting the animals, some tasty pet treats. 

Sears Healthcare and CEO Richard Adams said: “With care at the heart of what our staff at Millway House do every day, I am not surprised to hear that the team have been offering their support to Ukrainian refugees. Any help we can give individuals suffering at this terrible time, is so worthwhile.”