Sunderland-based Arts Organisation Donates £3000 Worth of Humanitarian Aid

MBC Arts Wellbeing has donated £3000 worth of humanitarian aid to relief efforts taking place at the Ukraine-Poland border to support refugees fleeing war in Ukraine.

The Sunderland-based arts organisation has opened its doors to become a drop-off centre for those who are able to donate items to the emergency appeal. Donations will be given to the Polish Community Centre in Newcastle upon Tyne, who are spearheading the logistical operations for many of the North East’s appeals where supplies will be transported to and distributed between check points spanning the entirety of the Ukraine-Poland border.

Mark Burns Cassell, executive director at MBC Arts Wellbeing said, “In light of the devastating news coming out of Ukraine we are committed to helping as many people as possible fleeing the war by donating £3000 worth of humanitarian aid to relief efforts.

“Our organisation has a proud history of supporting local communities and refugees in times of crises, and we’re now asking for the public’s support in helping us donate even more emergency supplies that will reach displaced Ukrainians in refugee camps across Europe.

“We’re hoping this aggression stops and the people of Ukraine can live in peace. There are no winners in war.”

Latest figures from the United Nations show more than 380,000 refugees have crossed the border into Poland with upwards of 50,000 people making the same journey each day.

Simon Cyhanko, a member of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, and Sunderland resident said, “Thank you for everything that MBC Arts Wellbeing, the people of Sunderland and the wider North East region are all doing to lead on providing humanitarian aid to displaced Ukrainian people as a result of the Russian invasion.”

Aid workers are requesting emergency donations of medical supplies, sanitary products, baby food sachets including pouches and baby formula. Anyone who is able to and wants to get involved can donate new and unused items to MBC Arts Wellbeing’s building in Sunderland between 10am – 12pm, Monday – Friday, with the final day for donations being Friday 11th March 2022.

In addition to the funds MBC Arts Wellbeing has given to the appeal, local businesses including Lofthouse & Partners Sunderland, Milligan’s Bakery and Clearwater Developments have all made cash contributions, with cash donations from businesses and the public welcome to the appeal.

A full list of requested items and information on how to make a cash donation can be found on MBC Arts Wellbeing’s website by visiting

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