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Local department store gift essential bedding to Ukrainian families

Local department store, Goulds Stores, have been busy loading a delivery of 50 duvets, destined for Ukrainian families settling in the local area.

The Goulds donation is being delivered to a newly opened warehouse on the Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth.  Organised by the Weymouth for Ukraine Group, the warehouse redistributes donations to families from the war-torn country moving into the Dorset area.

Ukrainian families can select clothing, school uniforms, and essentials for everyday living… and now, sleeping, thanks to the Goulds Stores bedding donation.

Chris Gould, Company Director, Goulds Stores says, “Local community is important to us, and we always try to help where we can.  When we heard a new warehouse was opening in the area, we contacted Gail, the organiser, to see how we could support Ukrainian families settle into their new local homes.  These 50 duvets will hopefully help”.

The duvet donation has a retail value in excess of £3250.

Gail Reynolds,  Organiser, Weymouth for Ukraine, “What a great donation. This generous gift from Goulds Stores is a welcome bonus and provides one of the essential, and often, most expensive items the families need. The bedding will go straight to the Ukrainian families who need it, whether they are guests of local people or finding independent accommodation.  Thank you!”

The Weymouth for Ukraine warehouse opened its doors on 31 May 2022.  It is the brainchild of Gail Reynolds and Caroline Whitely, who recognised Ukrainian families need access to essential items, here in Dorset.  Especially, since the closure of a similar facility which has been operating temporarily in Bridport. Whilst the new Weymouth warehouse will accommodate the remaining stock from the Bridport closure, they are also on the lookout for donations to meet the increasing demand.

Fellow organiser, Caroline Whitely concludes, “We are delighted with the response we have received so far, but more is needed. Everyone can help, whether you are a business or individual.  Bring your donations to our warehouse at 10 Cambridge Road, Granby Industrial Estate, Weymouth.  We are open from Tuesday to Thursday, 10am to 12 noon. Please check out our Facebook Group, Weymouth for Ukraine for more details or email Gail at office@gailreynolds.co.uk”.

Gail Reynolds and Caroline Whitely, organisers from Weymouth for Ukraine, Chris Gould, Company Director Goulds Stores, Nick Rawlings, Stores Manager, Goulds Stores, Tim Corbin, Goulds Warehouse, Liza (age 9) and her mother Melina from Ukraine. Copyright Goulds Stores 2022

Gail Reynolds and Caroline Whitely, organisers from Weymouth for Ukraine, Chris Gould, Company Director Goulds Stores, Nick Rawlings, Stores Manager, Goulds Stores, Tim Corbin, Goulds Warehouse, Liza (age 9) and her mother Melina from Ukraine. Copyright Goulds Stores 2022