THE Southampton Polish Club will be hosting its last collection service for Ukrainian refugees after seeing a massive drop in donations.

The club was first given permission to use the former Toys 'R' Us building as a donation hub on Tuesday, March 22.

The use was granted after the volunteers appealed for extra storage space following an overwhelming response from the community.

Since then, the closed toy store was given a new lease of life as part of the response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The club was due to hold its last collection service on Saturday.

Paulina Kozlowska is among the volunteers helping out. She told the Daily Echo: "As the war stretches, unfortunately, the public interest diminishes. Daily Echo:

"We have noticed a massive drop in the donations and it's just not viable to keep using the building and have volunteers come in if there is nothing to do. 

The last collection will take place on Saturday from 11am until 2pm and the volunteers will aim to send off all the goods to the borders by Sunday, May 29. Daily Echo:

Paulina, who runs the Sea Life Play Centre in Marlands Shopping Centre, Southampton, added: "The support we have received so far has been overwhelming and loads of people came in to support. However, I think it is time to end our appeal and give the building back to the owners. 

"In the next two weeks we will send out lorries and drop off whatever we are left with."

The building is managed by Fierra Real Estate and owned by Packaged Living.

The building is set to be demolished later this year as the regeneration of the area will get underway in 2023.

Donations can be dropped off at the former Toys 'R' Us site only.

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