London hospitals have asked individual donors to kindly stop bringing goods for Afghan refugees because they have been overloaded by people determined to offer support, a charity has said.
Hospitals including Queen Charlotte’s, Ealing and St Mary’s have asked that instead of coming to the hospital individually people should use charity collections to donate instead.
That way, hospitals are able to receive big donations all at once, without having to sort through clothes and toiletries every time that someone comes to give a donation.
The hospitals have been overwhelmed with support from Londoners but need time to look after the increased amount of people who are in need.
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It is hoped by turning down individual donors time can be saved to focus on these patients.
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If you still want to donate then it is recommended to use local charities who can then pass on the relevant goods to hospitals that need it.
Sarah Gardner, who runs the charity Serving Our Superheroes, in West London, said: “As a charity we receive a lot of donations and have contacts within the hospital.
“Some hospitals need certain things like toiletries where others need shoes.
“We can organise the logistics of which hospital needs what and provide a larger volume of the stuff.
“It saves time for the hospital’s staff and also means the hospital isn’t getting too much of one thing and too little of the other.”
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Many of Afghanistan’s refugees have come over on the plane with only the clothes on their backs. This meant a huge shortage of clothing, toiletries and other necessities.
Londoners answered the calls of hospitals to donate clothes and goods.
They did so well that it was overrunning the hospital’s staff and taking up too much time. They have now said thank you, but they have enough donations from individuals.
You can find out where to donate in your local area, and how you can help on the refugee crisis, on the site care4calais here.
You can also contacts Sarah’s charity by email:[email protected] Or donate online: here.