Please Note

Opening Hours (Warehouse)

With effect from Easter 2024 our Billinghurst warehouse will be no longer be open on Saturdays, except by prior appointment. Please call Graham on 07515-284797 prior to arranging any deliveries to the warehouse. This is due to changes in the way we prepare aid items, meaning that there is less need for our team to spend so much time there.

Revised Packing Dates

Our packing sessions in Horley reverted to a fortnightly basis after Easter 2024, on the first and third Friday of each month. A RoAF representative will be present on those Fridays only, between 13:30 and 15:30, to receive donations of clothing, bedding and other items as listed on our donation guide.
For further details please contact our packing leader, Brian, on 01293-432026.

New Aid Guidelines

During 2022 one of our loads 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; the content of future loads will need to comply with the revised rules.

New guidelines are available here.

Packing for Romania

~ The packing team in Horley normally meets from 1:30 to 3:30 on alternate 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 early in September.

~ The Billingshurst warehouse is no longer open on a regular basis each Saturday – deliveries are 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, please refer to our contact details page.

Please remember to check our acceptable items list before donating items for Romania. Note that there are special requirements for the packing of certain items. 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 no longeracceptable.

Lorry Programme

Loaded lorry
The most recent departure was
– mid December from Billingshurst

The next departure is being planned for:
– to be decided

The lorry departure programme is subject to alteration at short notice. Planned departure dates are subject to there being a viable quantity of aid ready for dispatch and may be further constrained by any travel restrictions that may be applied in the countries through which the trucks must travel.


Published, 10 Nov 2015: Page updated, 04 May 2024