Please Note
Changes to RoAF Activities

Items for your attention …

Our normal packing sessions remain suspended but limited activities are starting again!

Most collection, sorting and packing activities have been suspended. Donations of aid can be received on
Fridays 31st July, then 7-14-21-28th August from 13.30 t0 15.00 ONLY
at Horley Baptist Church CAR PARK.

All donations will be loaded to our van and transported to our warehouse in Billingshurst for sorting and packing. The warehouse will be open to receive deliveries on each Saturday morning during August. Access at other times is limited to authorised personnel only.
Our collection boxes at our Billingshurst warehouse and at St Francis Church, Horley, will be accessible 24-7 as usual.
See our How to Donate page for the location of these boxes.
Parcel delivery arrangements remain suspended.

International travel restrictions and lockdown constraints are limiting the practicalities of sending goods at present. A lorry from Billingshurst has recently arrived in Dorohoi but lorry departures from south Wales are postponed pending clarification of transport arrangements.

Thank you for your support.
The following information will apply once normal activities can be resumed in full


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.
As most of our regular packers are in their seventies (or older) it has been decided to follow government advice for this age group and suspend the packing sessions until further notice.

~ 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 October from Lampeter and Swansea
– mid July from Billingshurst

The next departures are being planned for:
– from Lampeter and Swansea – likely to be in late summer
– from Billingshurst – likely to be in early autumn
The usual lorry departure programme is suspended. 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, 28 Jul 2020