Isle of Wight Council

17 Nov 2022

Aid charity opens in East Cowes

The East Cowes community recently celebrated the opening of charity MAD-Aid at their new premises at 11 York Avenue. 

MAD-Aid, founded in 2012, is an aid charity that has been
sending much needed items such as medical equipment and wheelchairs to
countries like Moldova and Ukraine for a decade. When the war in Ukraine began,
MAD-Aid’s expertise of sending aid across Europe meant they could act quickly
to send help where it was most needed.

It was then that East Cowes Town Council stepped in and
gained temporary permission from the Isle of Wight Council for MAD-Aid to use
11 York Avenue, a former post office and library, as a sorting centre. In
April, the first Ukrainian refugees arrived on the Isle of Wight. MAD-Aid was
able to extend its outreach, opening a pop-up centre at 11 York Avenue, where
people who had arrived with nothing could collect clothes and basic personal
items.

Having set up shop on a temporary basis in 11 York Avenue,
it became clear from the overwhelming support of local people who wanted to
make a difference - MAD-Aid having collected items from 29 collection points
around the Island - that something more long term needed to be put in place.

Mayor of East Cowes Tracy Reardon said “I am so pleased
that this lovely building is being bought back into use and I’m sure it will be
an asset for the whole community as well as the charity. 

East Cowes is returning to the vibrant town centre that I
remember as a child and the community spirit here is as strong as ever.

Good luck Mad Aid in all that you do”

As it settles into its new home, the charity
hopes to offer a variety of community-based activities and services, including
a space for coffee mornings and a warm place for the winter; a clothes bank for
Ukrainian refugees and others in the local community who need help; a community
room that can be used for training, meetings, and small-scale performances.


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  • MAD-Aid was opened in 2012
 
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