A COUNCIL boss has thanked the people of Bury for their unprecedented generosity in aid of war-torn families in Ukraine.

Volunteers at the Polish Club, in Back East Street, have led the way in collecting much-needed donations for those left displaced as a result of the Russian invasion of the Eastern European country.

And now council leader Cllr Eamonn O'Brien, who has been helping with the relief effort, alongside Elton councillor Jack Rydeheart, has commended their ongoing efforts.

He has also issued a direct appeal for more specific logistical assistance as the organisation looks to transport large piles of donated materials, given by residents across Bury and Bolton boroughs, to refugee camps on the Ukrainian borders.

Cllr O'Brien said: “Thank you to everyone for their amazing efforts and incredible outpouring of support and solidarity for the people of the Ukraine.

"At such a difficult time, local volunteers have co-ordinated this amazing humanitarian effort and we stand by them in support of all Ukrainian people.

“What the team need now are hands and drivers to help coordinate and transport donations. Thank you for your continued support.”

The Polish Club is part of a wider network of organisations overseen by the Wrexham-based Polish Integration Centre.