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Final call to help our Ukraine appeal

Essential items will be transported to those in crisis next week

24 March 2022

We’ve had a fantastic response to our appeal for essential items to help out people in Ukraine – and there’s still time for you to make a difference.

Speaking about the response since we launched our initiative to help those in crisis, our Foundation Director Philip Rudling said: “We are absolutely delighted with the number of donations we've received – the response we get from the Wimbledon public never ceases to amaze me.

"Craig Welstead and the Dons Local Action Group team have offered fantastic support for the appeal and the items donated by fans will really help people in Ukraine.”

We specifically want the following essentials to send to Ukraine:

Basic toiletries

Torches

First Aid kits

Mobile phone power packs

Charging leads

Please note that items must be new or near new only.

You can still donate items at our club reception (Friday from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm and from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm on Saturday) and at DLAG collection points outside the ground up until 2.00 pm on Saturday.

Donations can also be dropped off at local DLAG collection stalls on Friday, as follows:

Waitrose, Wimbledon (8.00 am-5.00 pm)
Tesco, New Malden (9.00 am-5.00 pm)
Sava Centre, Colliers Wood (11 am-2.00 pm)
Sainsbury's, Wimbledon 11.00 am-5.00 pm)
Morrisons, Wimbledon 11.00 am-5.00 pm)
Putney, Sainsbury's (8.00 am-5.00 pm)
Balham, Sainsbury's (11.00 am-5.00 pm)

The collection is being overseen by our AFC Wimbledon Foundation and DLAG with Saturday as “Blue and Yellow Day” to reflect the fact our club proudly shares the same colours as the Ukrainian national flag.

The donations will be transported next week to Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk as they’ve built an emergency shelter within its own ground to help house refugees fleeing the Russian invasion.

Chris Thorpe caught up with Philip Rudling earlier this week about the Ukraine appeal and you can watch the video below.


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