Kind-hearted groups and people keep up the donations for Ukraine

From pie makers to potters – fundraising continues across the region to bring in aid for the people of Ukraine.

A van is loaded up at the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain club in Wolverhampton
A van is loaded up at the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain club in Wolverhampton

Mad O'Rourkes Pie Factory owner Pete Towler said more than £400 has already been raised from sales of its special Chicken Kyiv pie, with £5 of each pie sold being donated to the Red Cross.

Mr Towler said the restaurant and pub had rounded up the Pie Week donations to £500 and had sent the donation to the Red Cross, which posted a thank you message on the Mad O'Rourkes Facebook and Instagram accounts.

He said: "Last week was fantastic and the pie was really popular with customers, with more than £400 being raised and us adding to it for the donation we made.

"It's a great feeling to be able to help and I would love to do more as it's fantastic to be able to help these charities.

Pete Towler shows off the Chicken Kyiv pie, which raised £500 for the Red Cross

"As it stands, we are looking at other ways to help, but we do have charity boxes laid around, as well as a charity bath in the middle that people can throw loose change into, so all that will go to the Red Cross as well."

In Wolverhampton, the award-winning Michael Kirk butchers made a donation from the sale of pork pies during the week, with £300 being given to the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, who have a branch in the city.

Owner Michael Bachyk, whose father came from Ukraine, said the funding would help to fund generators for makeshift hospitals in Poland and Ukraine and said the work never stops.

He said: "This is not just a bit, this is an ongoing thing and it will be for a very long time, I believe.

"It's been fantastic to be able to help people over there and we've had customers making donations all week, so we are always working to help others."

The Wolverhampton branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain have been kept busy with collecting donations, with the hall at the club on Merridale Street West full of donations.

It will be making continual deliveries, with two vans full of donations setting out to Peterborough to be transferred to articulated lorries for transport across Europe.

Meanwhile Saz's Ceramics & Crafts, based at the Red House Glass Cone in Wordsley have been raising money to help the refugees of Ukraine.

The small business in Wordsley have developed a range of pottery items featuring sunflowers, the national flower of Ukraine, which can be painted up by customers.

Also available to purchase are finished ware items, decorated in the colours of the Ukrainian flag.

Owner Sarah Cannings said: "I have been deeply moved by the suffering the people of Ukraine are enduring.

"Their bravery at this time of adversity for the whole country is astounding, and if we can do a little to help, then we will.

"All profits from the sale of the Ukraine pottery will be donated to the British Red Cross Ukraine."

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