Saturday 26 March 2022

Beverley’s Jacobs Well charity is making an urgent appeal for people to donate cool boxes or thermal picnic carriers and bags following a plea for help from the Central Blood Bank In Ukraine. They will be used to transport blood from main hospitals to field hospitals and smaller clinics.

Jacob’s Well CEO John Beynon told Beverley FM: “We received an urgent request from the director of the central blood bank. Many people are giving blood but so many people are being injured and with freezing temperatures outside, the thermal carriers are really important to get vital blood to those being treated away from main hospitals.

Anyone who can help is asked to take the cool boxes and thermal carriers to the charity’s shop in Beverley or its warehouse on Swinemoor Lane.

Meanwhile, Mr Beynon told us that Jacobs Well sent three truck-loads of aid to Ukraine yesterday – “a record in our 40-year history,” he said. “Normally we send one per month. These have included food and clothes, but the majority of the load has been bandages, dressings and other urgent medical supplies to help those wounded in the conflict,” he continued.

He said the charity continued to appeal for food, toiletry items and money to help ship the containers into Ukraine and had raised more than £70,000, which is the largest amount of money ever raised in such a short time. Three more trucks with aid are expected to leave for Ukraine next week.

And finally, a £39 million Government investment in grassroots football facilities across England, announced yesterday, has by-passed the East Riding. None of the 116 projects identified were in this area. The Government said the funding was targeted to the most deprived areas.