Support police aid convoys

A COLLECTION is being held in Hucknall on Friday December 2 to boost the Nottinghamshire Police Aid Convoy (NPAC) to the benefit of disadvantaged communities across the globe.

Items ranging from bedding and clothes to shoes, household goods, stationery and even wedding dresses can be donated at the car park of the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street, Hucknall, at 1pm.

Lorries will then be packed with the life-altering gifts and shipped out to destinations across Eastern Europe, Russia, Africa and Pakistan.

The aid convoys were launched in 1993 by David Scott and have now spread across the country with warehouses dotted around to store donations.

The aim is to supply humanitarian aid to the areas where it is most needed with the police officers behind the scheme using some of their influence to access areas other charities cannot reach.

Key projects being run by NPAC into next year include one where schools and hospitals in Albania, Pakistan, Zambia, Ghana and Rwanda have been identified as lacking basic equipment — such as chairs.

NPAC is appealing for items ranging from books and chalk-boards to linen, sports equipment and cycles to help this cause.

The charity is also on the lookout for unwanted wedding dresses as part of its ‘Cinderella Project’. The gowns are loaned to disadvantaged women for their big day.