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Volunteers from the Baltic Aid project, from left, Chris Neal, Harry Hudson, David Grikis and Vic Billitt
Volunteers from the Baltic Aid project, from left, Chris Neal, Harry Hudson, David Grikis and Vic Billitt
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A small group of people from Bourne need some help to continue their mission of sending aid out to those in need in eastern Europe.

Baltic Aid which is based at Bourne Baptist Church in West Street, sent out nine cubic metres of winter relief aid to Riga in Latvia, by the use of a van this year.

For the past 20 years a group of volunteers have been collecting items in the town to ship to Estonia and Latvia.

However the group is now in need of more storage space in the Bourne area to house the donated items before shipping.

Bourne co-ordinator David Grikis, 62, said: “Things are very hard over there at the moment. I think the situation might be worst now than when I started doing this about 20 years ago.”

“I couldn’t do it without the support of the baptist church. We used to store things in the church but it is growing so fast there is not enough space anymore.”

“We need more storage space, if we had that we could fill even more containers.”

Last year due to logistical difficulties the group was unable to send a container but thanks to van driver Harry Hudson, 69, a shipment of winter clothing, winter footwear and blankets was made.

A large amount of clothing and blankets sent out were made by the Bourne Knitting Group, which meets the third Wednesday of the month at the Church of England Hall,

The aid was sorely needed this year. The winter has been bad in Latvia with temperatures reaching lower than minus twenty degrees centigrade and five days of constant snowing led to snow depths of more than five feet deep.

The recent aid taken out to Riga will be going to help: Hope for Children; Bethany Baptist Church, which does special work with the deaf; The Blue cross Church, where more 200 people find shelter during the winter and also charity work involving Malcolm and Ruth Frith.

Outside of Riga there was aid for: The Vergi Home for handicapped children and also aid for army chaplains.

Mr Grikis said: “Baltic Aid would like to thank everyone who helped supply aid and filled the

van to bursting point.”

If anyone has facilities they would like to offer to the Baltic Aid group which could house the overflow of donated items they can get in contact on