Kind-hearted trader from Preston Market donates military items to Ukraine


John donated military uniforms and paraphernalia like these to the people of Ukraine Pic: Lisa Brown

A kind-hearted man from Preston has donated 15 large boxes of military uniforms, helmets and military paraphernalia to Ukrainians on the front lines.


John Alty, who runs a stall in Preston’s open-air market selling military clothing and accessories, received a message asking for help last week.

“In 2014 I helped, filling four transit vans with military uniforms and items for people fighting in Ukraine,” John said. “I received a message from my contact in Ukraine. He desperately needs help providing military uniforms to people who have joined the war effort.

John Alty runs a stall in the open-air market in Preston Photo: Lisa Brown
John Alty runs a stall in the open-air market in Preston Photo: Lisa Brown

John packed boxes containing uniforms, helmets, bandages, tourniquets, snowsuits, pants, jackets and gloves, among other items. The items were collected by the British Ukrainian Aid charity for transport to Ukraine.

Other local charities are collecting and transporting much-needed medical items, toiletries and food to Ukraine.

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International Aid Trust based in Chorley is collecting donations of tinned and packet food, medical items such as bandages, dressings, first aid kits, medicines such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and toiletries such as soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, flannels, sanitary napkins, diapers and so on. These can be brought to their warehouse in Lostock Hall. To see the International Aid Trust website for details or call 01772 611000.

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