Help for Ukraine

The support flowing from our area to Ukraine has been heart-warming. There have been donations of supplies, individuals driving medical supplies to the Ukrainian border and lots of appeals for financial aid. Here is our summary so far of how you can help. Please comment below with more appeals to add to the list.

Ukraine Appeals you can support

Local Action and Appeals for Ukraine

  • The racing industry is organising a convoy of horseboxes (some driven by famous jockeys and trainers) to take supplies and veterinary services to the Polish/Ukrainian border. They will be leaving Lambourn on Sunday 10 April, the day after the Grand National. Please see the Racing to Help Ukraine website or follow their facebook page for how to donate.
  • Luna Boutiques have arranged transport for family supplies to be driven to Ukraine on 9 April. They are requesting 100 family packs of clothes and food to be brought into their Newbury store on Northbrook Street. See the pack list here. There will be a collection box in the shop to cover fuel and consumables.
  • Please buy a print of Taking the Long Road Home by local artist Lucy Gilmore.
  • Simon Howe (ex-Army) and Blake Morgan (ex-RAF) from Hungerford drove a heart monitor and medical supplies to Krakow on behalf of Reading Ukrainian Centre so they can then be transported to Kiev. See more about the appeal here.
  • Mike Evans from Shalbourne near Hungerford drove to Ukraine with medical supplies. working with Splash Projects and Motivation Romania. Please donate money to this fund to buy larger items of medical kit and supplies in country.
  • Pip and Caragh from Axford launched an justgiving appeal to help a small Polish village near the Ukraine border which has received 500 women and children refugees and is running out of supplies.
  • Bus driver Simon Ellis from Pewsey is now back from his trip to in Poland, hiring transport and delivering urgent medical supplies and food to the border with Ukraine.  Please see a report of his experience here.
  • Phoenix Enterprises in Swindon are helping The Polish Community Centre in Swindon store and transport supplies. has been overwhelmed by the response but is no longer accepting donations themselves. See here for other drop-off places in Swindon (also 2 West Street Aldbourne, next to the Post Office). BACS donations to help finance the operational costs go to: Educational and Cultural Centre, Swindon CIO (reg. charity number 1183960) Sort code 20-68-15; Account number 73070557; Reference: UKRAINE
  • The Reading Ukrainian Centre has also been overwhelmed with donations and is now recommending that people make for finanacial donations to charities (see above) that can more easily source and transport needed supplies to the warzone.

Other things we have heard of but not tried:

  • Book AirBnB rooms in Ukraine that are privately owned in order to give those individuals some income. Chances are their houses are filled with refugees at the moment.
  • Use platforms like tripadvisor reviews to send messages to businesses in Russia to tell them what is really happening in Ukraine.

Local Homes for Ukraine

The UK government is calling for people who want to offer accomodation to Ukrainian refugees to register here on Homes for Ukraine.

You can also pledge your support with the Global Sanctuary Foundation.

To find out about plans to bring refugees to our area please see here.

Here is advice from Citizen’s Advice Bureau about offering to accomodate refugees in your home.

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