Romanian appeal romps forward

Anne Wilkinson with Linlithgow Gazette Romanian appeal donations.
Anne Wilkinson with Linlithgow Gazette Romanian appeal donations.

We launched our Romanian appeal two weeks ago in support of Linlithgow woman Anne Wilkinson’s dream of taking a van full of much-needed baby clothing, nappies and powdered milk to struggling communities in rural Romania.

Andit’s obviously touched the hearts of many readers as donations of clothes have started to pile in to our dedicated drop-off centres at Linlithgow Library, Bo’ness Recreation Centre, and our own offices at Unit 4A, Gateway Business Park, Beancross Road, Grangemouth FK3 8WX .

Butwe still need your help with gifts of nappies suitable for childrenof all ages, along with tins of powdered milk and jars of baby food.

There can be no greater basic need for a baby than a clean dry nappy, warm clothing and milk to drink.

Anne told us: “There were nights in the past when I’ve cried myself to sleep worrying about how I could help, if I could do more – now I lie awake because I simply can’t believe how amazing people have been.

“Donations are rolling in, and it’s not just used clothing either, people are donating brand new stuff.

Just this week, the Journal and Gazette collected nine boxes of donations for Anne from Linlithgow library, which contained powdered baby milk, feeding bottles, jars of baby food, nappies for all ages and a great selection of clothing.

Anne reminded us that, when the van leaves Linlithgow for Romania at the end of September, autumn will be finishing and winter won’t be very far away, so these donations will be timed perfectly.

Many of the families the appeal is helping have no such luxuries like central heating, many don’t even have running water, being forced to draw it from a communal well.

If you are a group, individual or organisation who is fundraising or collecting in some way for the appeal, please let us know so we can feature you or your event in the paper.

Contact our reporter John MacInnes on or by calling him on 01324 690201.