Please Note

STOP! … New Aid Guidelines

Our latest load was refused acceptance in Romania due to previously unannounced changes in the procedures for importing goods from outside of the EU. These regulations were introduced after our July load had been prepared.

The load has now been accepted subject to certain limitations. We are working towards understanding the new regulations but, with immediate effect, we are unable to accept any more goods for packing and onward transport until we have reached a full understanding and agreement with the relevant authorities. This decision takes effect straight-away, and we apologise for the disruption that you may experience.

Asociatia Neemia has sufficient stock in its warehouse to allow aid distribution to continue for several months; we expect that we will be able to resume our activities in the autumn.

Resumption of RoAF Activities

Following a satisfactory delivery to Romania and the lifting of many COVID restrictions in the UK the Horley team has been able to resume our Friday afternoon sessions at Horley Baptist Church. Some precautions may still apply, at least for the immediate future, including the number of people that can meet in the church building.
We are aware that many people have been stock-piling goods but we still need ask that you don't swamp us out with an abundance of good things immediately. Please see the comments below about revisions to the list of acceptable items.
We will be able to answer any questions regarding suitability of your donation, on the door on Friday afternoons.
The warehouse at Billingshurst will be open on Saturday mornings as previously, including during August. The following changes to the list of acceptable items also applies to deliveries direct to the warehouse.

NO bric-a-brac.

No Electrical items including T.V. and desk top computers.

NO Furniture at Horley
(see below)

NO Children’s car seats or Booster seats.

YES, We will continue to take clothing, bedding and household fabrics, kitchen utensils, toys and laptop computers, at Horley on Fridays.

YES, A limited number of bicycles, cots, beds, tables, dining chairs and mattresses, can be accepted on Saturday mornings AT BILLINGSHURST - please confirm before delivery.

KNITTERS: Thank you once again for all you are doing and a special thanks to all those who are knitting items for us. Keep it up nothing goes to waste every item gets to be worn in Dorohoi.

During the coming months we expect to gradually lift some of these restrictions that are in place only to comply with Romanian customs requests. Thank you for your interest and support, and your patience as we work through these changes following Brexit and Covid.

Packing for Romania

~ The packing team in Horley normally meets from 1:30 to 3:30 on Friday afternoons at Horley Baptist Church building which is on Court Lodge Road, RH6 8RG, opposite the shopping parade. The team does not meet on Good Friday or on the Fridays during the Christmas and New Year seasons and usually takes a break throughout August, resuming activities on the first Saturday of September.
~ The Billingshurst warehouse is open between 09:30 and 12:30 each Saturday – deliveries at other times are strictly by appointment only. The warehouse is not normally open on Saturdays during August or over the Christmas and New Year period.

~ The clothes collection boxes at St Francis’s Church in Horley and at our warehouse in Billingshurst are open 24-7 as usual. However, collections from these boxes will be subject to local restrictions; please do not leave items outside these boxes.
~ The south Wales teams’ normal activities continue, in so far as current restrictions allow.

Please remember to check our Priority Items list before donating items for Romania. For up-to-date information please contact your local co-ordinators.

Please do not send prescription medicines. These drugs are potentially dangerous if misused. AN does not have the expertise or the legal authority to distribute them safely and local pharmacies cannot accept them. Disposal becomes a serious problem and they are a waste of precious load space. Non-prescription medicines, vitamins, energy drinks and unused items such as bandages or syringes are still acceptable.


Lorry Programme

The most recent departures were
– mid June from Billingshurst
– early July from Billingshurst

The next departures are being planned for:
– from Lampeter and Swansea – not determined
– from Billingshurst – aiming for late Autumn
The lorry departure programme is subject to alteration at short notice.. Planned departure dates are subject to any travel restrictions that may be applied in the countries through which the trucks must travel.


Published, 10 Nov 2015: Page updated, 19 Jul 2022