The university’s medical school launched a major donation campaign days after the Russian invasion to collect as many basic necessities, from medical supplies to toiletries, as possible.
Students worked tirelessly between classes partnering with local organizations across the city to collect items. An example of the generosity shown was a large box of medical supplies donated by the North East Immediate Care volunteers after seeing the students’ appeal message on social media.
The students worked with Geek Retreat, a Sunderland city center business, following their appeal for donations.
Due to the large volume of donations, the items were taken to an NHS storage warehouse in Seaton Delaval over the weekend before being transported by members of the Polish Parish Church of Newcastle in Poland today , Monday, March 14, to be distributed to flooded refugees. beyond the border.
Human anatomy lecturer Alice Roberts, who initiated the collection and reached out to the university community, explained: “When I heard that the Geek Retreat was collecting and storing donations for Ukrainian refugees, I felt compelled to involve.
“It was a pleasure to coordinate the response from the School of Medicine; the response from the school, both staff and students, exceeded my expectations.
“Despite the devastating reason for the collection, I am proud to see the university working with the people of Sunderland and the wider North East region. I hope the items we have collected will bring some comfort/relief to people fleeing Ukraine.”
Seeing and hearing of the devastation unfolding in Ukraine, second-year medical student Angela Rollan from Gateshead wanted to help: “I felt, not only as a medical student but as a member of society, that it was important to help the people of Ukraine in any way possible,” she said.
“So when I was approached by Alice about this donation project, I was more than happy to get involved.
“To support this effort, along with other medical students, I promoted the project on social media, encouraging people to donate. I have also set up a donation box in my accommodation to accompany the donation box placed on the University Campus.
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“Through these donation boxes, we hope that even a single tube of toothpaste will go a long way. We have also planned a fundraising event related to the Ukraine crisis, which we hope can bring further relief.”
Professor Scott Wilkes, director of the School of Medicine, said he had been “overwhelmed” by the support shown by staff and students across the department.
“In addition to the harrowing images in the media, we became aware of the difficulties faced by medical students fleeing Ukraine in the midst of this terrible and devastating humanitarian crisis,” he said.
“This is much needed help and we will support the national effort in any way we can to alleviate this unnecessary human suffering. We are ready to respond with help in any other way we can to support our Ukrainian colleagues and students involved in medical education.”