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BBC to feature West Berkshire villagers' contributions to Afghan evacuees tonight

The contributions of West Berkshire residents to Afghan evacuees recently settled in Newbury is to be featured in a segment on the BBC's South Today programme tonight (Thursday).

A television crew was at hand to film East Ilsley resident Sue Walsh as she delivered care packages to a Newbury hotel housing Afghan families.

Included with the packages are messages of goodwill produced by children at The Ilsleys School.

Volunteers sorting parcels donated to Sue Walsh.
Volunteers sorting parcels donated to Sue Walsh.

Mrs Walsh has praised the response of West Berkshire residents to her appeal for evacuee aid, emphasising that she is no longer accepting further contributions.

She said: "I've been taking the parcels directly to the hotels.

"I've delivered them there, and we've seen pictures of people coming to get them, and enjoy opening them, and all the rest of it.

"East Ilsley and Compton were brilliant during the Covid crisis.

"It was just a question of rallying the troops again and saying: 'Guys, this is what's going on, I'm sure there's something we can do about it.'"

The segment will be broadcast on BBC One from 6.30pm.

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