A DORSET business has opened its doors for drop-offs for Ukraine aid.

Low Energy Designs Ltd, a British LED lighting manufacturer, has opened the drop-off point at its premises in Blandford.

The company said that no more clothes or baby products are needed as they are being donated by people in Poland - but are instead requesting a plethora of other items that are needed to help those suffering from the Russian invasion.

They are asking for flashlights and batteries, first aid kits, power banks, sleeping bags, new flasks for hot drinks, heat retaining foil emergency blankets, bandages, sterilising solutions and antiseptic products.

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Director of Low Energy Designs Ltd, Alan Parker, felt compelled to help, he said: "With the devastating current crisis, we wanted to do something to help those affected and let them know that we support and stand with the people of Ukraine.

"By opening up a drop-off point at our business in Blandford Forum we can store, help organise, and ship the most essential items to refugees who have been given no choice but to leave their own homes and country for the safety of themselves and their families.

"We honestly cannot comprehend what they must be going through, in this day and age it’s extremely saddening to see but we will continue to support Ukraine and keep our doors open for donations for however long we need to, so if you can donate any of the requested items then please do so."

Any suitable donations can be dropped off at Low Energy Designs Ltd, Unit 9a Sunrise Business Park, DT11 8ST Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm. They are located next to Blandford Tyres and opposite Crazy Monsters.

The business is also asking for cardboard boxes to send the items in – if people have any that are in good condition, then these can be dropped off as well.

The company notes that to help with shipping, put all items into boxes and label them with the number of items and its estimated weight. They also request a printed or handwritten list of all the items and their estimated weight.

This is not essential but would help speed up the process of getting the donations to the people who need them most.


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