AN AID charity based partly in Harrogate is asking for help as it continues to support vulnerable communities around the world.
National Police Aid Convoys, which opened a new warehouse at 34 Cold Bath Road six months ago, currently assists communities in Albania, Hungary, Rwanda, Zambia, Ghana, India and Pakistan, and is now establishing links in Moldova.
A spokesman said: “Historically, we use our contacts to identify places and projects that need help and use our unique bit of ‘bobby’ influence to get goods there, inexpensively but securely.
“People trust us because we proudly carry the UK Police name and we use that name shamelessly to provide the basic human rights of education and health care to people denied it by circumstances of poverty, war or tragedy.”
Now the charity is asking for help from local individuals, shops, businesses and organisations.
The charity needs volunteers to collect, sort and pack; a van driver or two, people to receive and hold goods in different districts, and fundraisers.
It is also appealing for resources for its work abroad and would like bedding, medical equipment including walking frames and dressing for hospitals, clothing and shoes, pots and pans, garden and woodworking tools, schools books, stationery, cycles, parts and tools, as well as stronger types of corsets and girdles.
National Police Aid Convoys would welcome monetary donations and items to sell, and supporters can also sell items on eBay and donate via the site’s charity link.
The Cold Bath Road warehouse is always open on the last weekend of the month from 10am to 4pm, and at other times by arrangement or by ringing John Sayers or Tony Fraser.
Alternatively, they can collect items from you, if you phone them or leave a message on the charity answerphone line 01159 390 999.
The first lorry to be loaded from Harrogate was taken to a women’s refuge and orphanage near Papa in Hungary by Harrogate men Tony Fraser and Brian Anderson.
The team are happy to give talks about their experiences abroad.
For more information, call Tony on 07710 462017, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.npac.org.uk