Clothing donations are on pause at Crafton Green for the time being. If you could spread the word, particularly among those who may not be hooked up to social media, this would be greatly appreciated.

The community organisation TouchPoint are prioritising the sorting and bagging of clothing donations at Crafton Green ahead of a Red Cross visit to collect items later today.

Essex County Council, which has launched the appeal with the Red Cross, plan now to assess what has already been donated before making a decision if further donations are needed.

We would like to thank everyone in the community who has displayed such amazing generosity in supporting this appeal.