STUDENTS and staff at a college in Taunton have been collecting items to send to those in need in Ukraine.

Richard Huish College staff and students wanted to do something to help those who are fighting against the invasion of Russia and those who have had to flee from Ukraine.

They donated many different items from sleeping bags and backpacks to toothbrushes and medicine.

The items were loaded into a van and taken to the Help for Ukraine group based in Chard.

From Chard, the items will be taken to the Yeovil helping Ukraine group who are taking donations over to the Ukraine/Poland border.

Somerset County Gazette: Staff and students at Richard Huish College have donated a range of items to Ukraine

Course manager of geography and staff wellbeing lead, Nikki Lewis, helped to organise the collection.

She said: "Thanks to the generosity of staff and students from Huish we were able to send a van load of first aid, sleeping bags, baby food, hygiene products and so on.

"The goods were safely delivered to Chard on Wednesday afternoon where they will be packed and sorted before moving to Yeovil."