Volunteers at a collection scheme set up for refugees say Ukrainians are taking more household items as they leave their initial sponsor homes.

The Ukrainian Clothes Centre, in the McKay unit on Station Approach near Bicester Village Station, was set up over six months ago by a small group of volunteers in Bicester.

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One of the volunteers, Amanda Claire Lewin, said: “We serve all Ukrainians who are living here and anyone who has escaped war torn countries like Afghanistan and Syria.

“We have loved meeting all these people.

“Everything we have is donated and free, we have a large women’s section, a small men’s section, a very large children’s section and also bedding, and other things for the house.

“Many Ukrainians have been moving from their initial sponsor’s houses so need things for their new homes.”


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

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