AN Oakworth woman has praised the public for rallying round in support of a project to help Ukrainian refugees.

Jeanette House said she had been "overwhelmed" by the community's response following an appeal on behalf of 25 families relocated to rural France.

"The refugees needed sewing machines so that they could alter donated clothes to fit and to make their new homes bright and comfortable – and they were also in desperate need of materials for therapeutic activities like painting and crafts," said Jeanette.

"I was overwhelmed by the generosity of the community – having received over £3,000 worth of donations of materials and six new or serviced sewing machines.

"Before my retirement I was a therapeutic artist and teacher, and I fully appreciate the support these items will give to the families that have had to flee their war-torn country.

"All the donations are now en route to France."