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Hall Green nurse thanks all who donated to help Ukraine appeal

Sarah Mason 2nd Mar, 2022

A HALL Green nurse has thanked kind-hearted donors for their generosity in helping Ukrainians who have been forced to flee their homes.

After seeing the tragic scenes of the Russian invasion unfolding Regina Brasoveanu was determined to help in what ever way she could.

She said: “I saw on Facebook people young and old looking for a room or on the hunt for medicines for those who had to flee.

“I decided I needed to help people in whatever way I could.”

So Regina contacted APCA – the Support Association for Parents and Children with Autism Galati in Romania, where she grew up, to see if they were accepting donations to help those fleeing the Russian advance.

Once the Heartlands Hospital obstetrics theatre nurse was armed with a list of the items needed she took to social media with help from a few friends to get the donations rolling in.

Within days kind hearted locals had flooded the Health Lounge in Shirley and Regina’s home to the point where the collection had to stop.

The donations had come from far and wide, from colleagues at Heartlands and from other touched by what she’d written.

People have even been knocking on her door to hand over donations.

Between shifts the single mum, who has worked throughout the pandemic, has been sorting through the donations and labelling bags so when they get to Romania charity workers can easily identify the bags to hand out according to people’s needs.

Regina has also included a label on the donations which tells recipients the donations have come from Birmingham and Solihull.

Regina said: “I want to say thank you to all the people who have made a donation, it is so kind and everything is really appreciated.

“I am just a normal person, doing my job.

“I just want to help everyone in whatever way I can whether it is through donations or through my work at the hospital.”

She has been in contact with delivery companies to take items to Romania and they have agreed to take as much as they can over the weekend to Ukrainians in need.

Atwell Farm Park in Redditch said they are going to take any surplus donations on trucks they have going to Europe.

Regina said she is happy to continue collecting and sorting through donations but needs more help with organising transport to get them to the Ukrainians.

She has appealed to companies with vans and drivers to get in touch with her on Facebook here.

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