Bourne Baltic Aid reaches people in need

Bourne Police Cadets, pictured above, volunteered to help load the Baltic Aid lorry with all the donated items
Bourne Police Cadets, pictured above, volunteered to help load the Baltic Aid lorry with all the donated items
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A huge lorry of aid donated by people from the Bourne area has been successfully delivered to people in need in Eastern Europe.

The donation co-ordinated by Baltic Aid, based at Bourne Baptist Church in West Street, was sent out from the town for the 21st year.

A group of about 14 volunteers, plus the Bourne Police Cadets, took about one and half hours to load the lorry.

The aid, which was mainly clothing, shoes and bedding, also included a wide range of other items needed.

Bourne Baltic Aid 
co-ordinator David Grikis, 62, said: “Baltic Aid would like to thank all those who supplied aid from Bourne and the surrounding area.

“A special thank you to the Bourne Knitting Group who supplied a great quantity of knitted clothing and blankets.

“Also a special thank you to all those who came to load the 45 foot lorry.”

The aid arrived safely at the first drop off in Latvia after seven days.

All the aid for Riga and the surrounding area was given out in two days. This included five computers for the Bethany Baptist Church where Pastor Vitliy works with deaf people.

The Latvian Bible College received books and an office photocopier.

Hope for Children based in Riga received aid for a family support centre. Outside of Riga, aid went to the Verge Home where 126 children with Down’s syndrome and related physical disabilities live. This included medical aid and craft materials.

Aid was also sent to North East Estonia, in the Kohtla-Jarve and Johvi areas to provide blankets and clothes.