A charity with a base in Watford has been helping out the millions of refugees displaced by the war in Ukraine, aiding at the heart of the crisis.
Food for All UK’s local branch, along with others, have been operating kitchens and supplying food on the Polish border, where Ukrainian men, women and children have fled to escape the terror of Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s invasion of their home.
The charity’s director is Garston resident Peter O’Grady, who has been describing his experiences in feeding the major influx of displaced people.
Talking about a day working on the Polish border, he said: “What I saw today was very disturbing, women and children fleeing their country, climbing onto trains, carrying only a little bag of whatever they could manage.
“The Mayor of Medyka had immediately welcomed us on arrival and had arranged a perfect field kitchen location, a small shed, access to running water and electricity.
“And the Polish soldiers, fire men, and police were very helpful to the refugees and engaged in distributing our hot meals and chopping vegetables with us.”
Much of the food and money raised has been put together by residents in Watford, something which the team are extremely grateful.
Peter is now back in the UK and has managed to raise enough money to hopefully buy three vans and three kitchens, one to be located on the Polish border, another in Prague, Czech Republic and another within Ukraine itself, inside the western city of Lviv.
Speaking about the money raised, he said: “Children themselves raised money with the help of their teachers or parents. The war has brought out the best and the worst in people.”
If you wish to donate, please visit Food for All UK’s website.