Ukraine appeal raises over £5000 to help refugees


Ukraine appeal raises over £5000 to help refugees

A Go Fund Me page aimed at helping Ukrainian refugees has completely smashed its original target, raising ten times more than anticipated.

Emma Louise Kosakowska got the ball rolling two weeks ago when she held a candlelit vigil in Cleethorpes in solidarity with those in Ukraine.

She said she was moved to organise the vigil after being “deeply affected by the scenes from Ukraine.”

Spurred on by how many people came to the vigil, Emma created a Go Fund Me page, hoping to raise £500 to help those fleeing the crisis.

Sharing her mission she wrote: “My husband is Polish and his home and family are very near to the Ukrainian borders. His local hometowns & city have many rescue centers set up with hundreds of sad desperate people in them. Seeing these images this morning has broken my heart.

“They are desperate for items for the children and their mothers. Food clothing shoes etc. Some young children have come without shoes their escape was so fast

“My husband and I are going in March and would love to be able to deliver much-needed items and money that we will go and buy once we are there.”

Now, with over 150 donations made Emma has raised a whopping £5,710!

Encouraged by Emma’s vigil and donation drive for Ukraine, our MD, Matt Stinson, and fellow ex-servicemen Dan McDaid and John Hamill, undertook the task of delivering supplies to the border.

Matt Stinson said: “This just feels the right thing to do. If we were going through something like this, we would want someone to do the same.”

The team are currently on their way back from Hrubieszow, Poland where they dropped off mountains of supplies donated by local businesses and communities.

Monetary donations can still be made through the Go Fund Me Page found here.

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