An Enfield rugby club has rallied strongly to the call to help the people of war-torn Ukraine following a great response from members and the wider community.

An estimated 50 boxes of vital materials bound for Eastern Europe left Enfield Ignatians' Donkey Lane headquarters on Sunday.

Prompted by a call for help by the Polish school in Enfield, club president Kevin Linnane used social media to appeal to all at the club to donate specific items designed to alleviate the suffering of the Ukrainians.

Club spokesman Martin Baker said: “By midday on Sunday, the clubhouse was groaning with items which were subsequently boxed and made ready for distribution.

“It wasn’t just club members who rallied to the call, as local residents who had read about the initiative on the club's Facebook platform also donated generously.

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An estimated 50 boxes of donations were sent to the war-torn country

“It may be a small gesture but the club's thoughts and prayers are with all the people who are suffering untold miseries, and for all those who are on the front line offering both support and care. We will not forget.”

In addition to food, and specific items for adults and children, the club’s shopping list also comprised first aid kits, wound dressings and tourniquets, as the full horrors of war were brought home.