Please Note
Changes to RoAF Activities

NEWS UPDATE MAY 2021

Our Horley team has been working hard to make sure our next full load of aid is complete with the correct documentation. It is hoped that this will leave our depot by mid June. In the meantime, we still have a very full warehouse and we need to ask you to hold on to any donations until further notice, please.
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LOOKING FORWARD, We expect to be able to start packing and sorting some time in July, or before, when Horley Baptist Church allows us to restart our Friday afternoon sessions.
THERE WILL BE CHANGES in the period immediately on start date and until further notice.

NO bric-a-brac.

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

NO Furniture

NO Kitchen utensils metal or ceramic or plastic.

NO Children’s car seats or Booster seats.

YES, We will continue to take clothing, bedding and house hold fabrics and laptop computers, at Horley on Fridays.

YES, Bicycles, Cots, Beds, Chairs and Mattresses, will be accepted on Saturday mornings AT BILLINGSHURST with notice given once Billingshurst opens on Saturdays. This will be after the load being assembled has gone.

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.

Items for your attention …

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.

~ If you are able to prepare Christmas shoe boxes this year please arrange for your boxes to be at Horley on or before Friday 20th November or Billingshurst on 21st November. Thank you again for your continuing support.

~ 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.

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Lorry Programme

The most recent departures were
– mid November from Swansea
– late November from Billingshurst

The next departures are being planned for:
– from Lampeter and Swansea – not determined
– from Billingshurst – not determined
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.

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Published, 10 Nov 2015: Page updated, 12 May 2021