COMMUNITY spirit shone through once more across Solihull as 148 boxes have been shipped off to help Ukrainians fleeing the war.
Schools, organisations and neighbours came together to answer the call of Laurent – who did not wish for his surname to be used – and his team to get much-needed items to those who have been forced to leave their homes.
The group, made up of Russian speakers living in Solihull, Ukrainians and well wishers called out for medical supplies, sanitary products, nappies, baby food and items to keep people warm including blankets and sleeping bags across the borough.
Robert Yates, headteacher at Eversfield Preparatory School was one of those who answered the call and asked pupils and parents to send in any donations.
He said as soon as the message was sent out items came flooding in from staff and pupils.
Robert said: ”
Laurent, who lived in Ukraine for 10 years with his wife before moving to Solihull two years ago, collected these donations and spent a weekend boxing up and labelling these alongside the other items which had been donated.
They were then sent to London and put on a lorry where they were sent as close to the border as possible around Ukraine to help those refugees who have managed to escape.
The United Nations refugee agency estimates more than 4.2million refugees have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion began in February.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has set up an appeal to provide aid to those fleeing the war in Ukraine.
Visit https://donate.redcross.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-crisis-appeal to donate.