COVID19: RoAF Response

Our usual activities in Horley and Billingshurst have been suspended. Current restrictions mean that we will not be able to resume person-to-person activities such as collections and packing whilst they are in force. This also means that we cannot resume warehouse activities in Billingshurst. Restarting later in March seems unlikely and resuming later will be dependent upon restrictions in force at that time.
Activities in south Wales are similarly subject to local restrictions.
However, our activities in Romania are able to continue using existing stocks and under some limitations - see the AN site for news from our team in Dorohoi.
Important - Our 24/7 deposit boxes cannot be emptied during this period - please do not use them until restrictions on movement have been relaxed.


Corona Virus: Changes to RoAF Activities

We cannot accept donations of goods in person during lockdown periods. Advice on how and when these items can be delivered to us will be published here when we are able to resume person-to-person actvities.


As we gradually ease lock down we will begin to re adjust the lorry load we have at Billingshurst ready to be loaded during May/June.
Things have changed!! The most important change concerns you supporters who bring loaded boxes to Billingshurst, Horley or who send via post or parcel services.
  • Each box must have the contents and the accurate weight clearly marked.
  • Any article of clothing from shoes to socks to hats and all in between mark as worn clothing.
  • Non perishable food must be boxed with clean packaging materials - don't pack out with clothing.
  • Household and kitchen items must be separated by box, metal utensils or pottery ware.
  • Large plastic toys are not to be sent at present.
  • Large items such as garden tools must be wrapped and tied in a bundle.

NO ELECTRICAL ITEMS until further notice with the exception of used laptops with a keyboard.
It is our team in Dorohoi who will have the load scrutinised against the documents we send with the lorry. A lot of work has been done both in U.K. and more so in Dorohoi to encourage a smooth delivery for our lorries in the future. We do not want to blot our copy book with our first lorry since leaving the E.U.

Packing and sorting in Horley along with the Saturday opening at Billingshurst are not anticipated just yet.


RoAF will continue to support our partners in Romania in their efforts to help those in need there. Asociatia Neemia’s activities are largely funded through the sales from its shop but this is dependent upon the supply of suitable items from RoAF. Without the lorries RoAF will need to make direct financial support available; we have the resources to do this but there will be an impact on our longer-term plans. We appreciate that many of our supporters will have their own financial constraints and we accept that some may have to reconsider their giving to RoAF. Please do not feel embarrassed about this.

Remember that RoAF is essentially a faith-based organisation that relies on prayer. Prayer is our connection with God’s ultimate power source and, without prayer support, our activities would achieve nothing of lasting value. We invite you to continue to pray about all aspects of the current situation, including your personal circumstances and those who are working to resolve the crisis and to mitigate its after-effects.

Published, 24 Mar 2020: Page updated, 10 Mar 2021