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HELPING HANDS: Chorleywood bands together to support Ukraine as humanitarian crisis continues

 Published on: 10th March 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Schoolkids, villagers and business owners across Chorleywood have been showing their support for the people of Ukraine following the country’s invasion by Russia.

Many have been moved by the plight of Ukrainians who have fled their country following the attack, with three of them being schoolgirls Maggie Smith (age 10), Mia Ford (age 10) and Gigi Hickey (age 9).

Together, raising money for ActionAid’s humanitarian appeal, the three girls have completed a 5km, which at the time of printing, has raised over £1,200, more than six times their original goal.

Speaking to CHORLEYWOODnews, Mia said: “We heard about all the people having to leave their homes and we wanted to do something to help. Our goal was to raise £200 but people have been so generous, and we have managed to raise over £1200 in just a few days!”

Maggie’s mum Liz also told us how she felt about her daughter’s achievement, saying: “I’m really proud that the girls decided to do something to help other people and I think it’s a great example of what young people can achieve when they put their minds to something.”

Elsewhere, over £4,000 has been collected by local business Andrew Fleming’s Forest, who’s staff member, Tais, is Ukrainian herself, with family currently in war-torn Kyiv. She’s been working with a close friend in Ukraine who runs an orphanage to help those affected by the war.

With other companies rallied together by Pierre Bosdet at PCFixup, medical supplies and clothes were collected and gratefully received, though now the shop is asking for cash donations only, due to the increasing difficult in getting lorries out to the places that need them.

Chorleywood Tennis Club will also be hosting a fundraising event for the victims of the crisis on Friday, March 25, with free entry and cash donations wanted for their big singalong party of 30 songs. For anyone interested in that, please contact Judy Yong at judy.young@ntlworld.com or by calling 07714 615160.

In a show of solidarity with the people of Ukraine, Three Rivers District Council leader Sarah Nelmes said in a statement:

“I join the leaders of councils across Hertfordshire, and the clamour of voices across the world, in condemning the military invasion of Ukraine which violates the fundamental human rights of the Ukrainian people and international law, and in so doing threatens security in Europe and the entire world.

“My thoughts are with the innocent civilians who are being killed, injured, forced to flee their homes or hide underground while their towns and cities are mercilessly targeted.

“And my thoughts are with those local people who may have friends and family members in the Ukraine and hour by hour are praying for the safety of their loved ones.

“We in Three Rivers are ready to assist in any way that we can and stand in solidarity with the rest of the world in calling for an end to this inhumanity.”

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