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DONATE NOW: Amersham resident runs 48 miles in 48 hours in aid of Ukrainian refugees

 Published on: 15th April 2022   |   By: Christina Pantelly   |   Category: Uncategorized

A woman from Amersham ran 48 miles in 48 hours to raise money for those in need in Ukraine.

Jolanta Hanstein, 43, originally from Poland, ran four miles every four hours for 48 hours, and in the process raised more than £3,000 for Unicef to support Ukrainian mothers and children.

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 10 million people have been forced to leave their homes in Ukraine as a result of the Russian invasion.

Jolanta, who is mother to an eight-year-old daughter and three-year-old son, decided to participate in the 4x4x48 challenge after she saw a photograph of a pregnant woman being carried on a stretcher from a maternity hospital in Mariupol, which had been bombed by Russian forces. The woman and her baby later died.

Jolanta said: “She was just moments away from the most precious time of her life as a mother and they took this away from her. I knew I had to do something; this image will stay with me forever.” Jolanta is not a frequent runner, but she wanted to challenge herself both physically and mentally.

She added: “Each day, I feel helpless watching the news and I desperately want to do something to let those mothers know that I stand united with them. “By doing this challenge, I wanted to show all the mums in Ukraine that although we are far apart, we stand united with them and support them in their daily struggle to shelter their children.

“The run is over for me, but not for the people in Ukraine.”

To donate, please visit www.gofundme.com/ f/24ngrk-mothers-united

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