Martin Roberts sobs outside shop after attempting to purchase aid for Ukraine

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Homes Under the Hammer star Martin Roberts has posted a tearful video on social media after attempting to buy supplies to help refugees fleeing Ukraine.

The TV presenter appealed for collection bins to be placed in supermarkets — after he was prevented from buying multiple bottles of children's liquid paracetamol medicine due to legal limits — as he tried to find a way to help those affected by the Russian invasion.

Roberts explained: "I'm really at a loss in terms of what I can do to help with what’s going on in Ukraine.

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"So I’ve just been buying lots of things like [nappies], kids stuff, [tampons] and other bits and pieces.

Martin Roberts attending the TV Choice Awards held at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London. (Photo by Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images)
Martin Roberts sobbed outside the supermarket as he tried to find a way to help the children of Ukraine. (PA)

"Things for kids because it’s the kids, you know, [they’re] everything.

"So I’ve been trying to buy some Calpol and I’m only allowed to buy two, right?

"I know there’s some sort of sicko limit or some limit that they’ve put on that stops under normal circumstances people buying lots of Calpol, because of course I don't know what you do with lots of Calpol but something, obviously.

"I had a word with the management and said, 'Can't you just relax it for now because I'm obviously doing it for a good reason.' And they wouldn't.

Martin Roberts explained how he had been stopped from buying to many bottles of children's paracetamol. (PA)
Martin Roberts explained how he had been stopped from buying to many bottles of children's paracetamol. (PA)

“So some people in the queue behind me bought four bottles for me so I managed to get more.

“And I offered them the money, it was about £10 for four, and they wouldn’t take it.

“So there are such good people out there and everybody’s trying to do their bit and if you just give them a route to do it… Because we’ve got to do what we can, right?”

The 58-year-old auctions expert broke down crying as he continued: "So whatever small step you can take to do your bit, just do it... do it for them.

“Because this is going hopefully into the mouth of a child that needs it. A homeless child who’s now wondering what the hell’s going on in some refugee camp somewhere."

Refugee children fleeing from Ukraine are seen after crossing Ukrainian-Polish border due to Russian military attack on Ukraine. Medyka, Poland on March 6th, 2022. Russian invasion of Ukraine causes a mass exodus of refugees to Poland.  (Photo by Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Refugee children fleeing from Ukraine crossing Ukrainian-Polish border in March 2022. (Getty Images)

Roberts wiped away tears as he concluded: “Anyway, you get the idea. Sorry."

He captioned his Instagram post: "I wonder if @costco_uk had some collection bins that people could just put donations in it would avoid this situation. Help me try to make it happen."

Russian president Vladimir Putin began a siege of Ukraine on 24 February - prompting thousands of Ukrainians to attempt to flee the country.

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Russia has announced it will hold fire and open humanitarian corridors in Ukrainian cities, allowing civilians from Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mariupol, and Sumy to leave and enter Russia and Belarus.

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