A Bushey resident has taken on a month-long fundraising challenge to raise funds for a children’s centre in Ukraine.
Ben Taylor, who works at a breakfast club at Bushey Sacred Heart School, set himself the challenge to run 5km every day in April after hearing an inspirational story from his Ukrainian co-worker.
Working alongside his colleague Iryna, Ben learned of Iryna’s family in Zaporizhzhya who despite spending their days living in fear have carried on supporting children in Ukraine.
Speaking to BusheyNews, Ben said after hearing their story he was so moved that he needed to do something to help.
He said: “What’s going on in Ukraine is heart-breaking so I wanted to try and do something that was more personal rather than just raising money for Ukraine itself.
“Iryna’s family run a children’s centre out there and I wanted to do something so I came up with the idea of running these 5km every day for a month. It seemed a good way of bringing some hope to the children out there.”
Ben continued that to add that he has been inspired by the hard work and dedication of the staff at the centre and couldn’t imagine what they are going through.
He said: “I was very inspired, I had a couple of photos of Iryna’s grandsons which inspired me through the challenge every day.
“What I was doing was very easy compared to what they are going through.”
Ben added that he is grateful to the community who have helped to raise more than £4,000 to support the children’s centre.
He said: “It’s been incredible, when I set up the page, I didn’t have any idea of how much it would raise, I think I set an original target of £500.
“The community and everyone just came together which was staggering, it’s been quite incredible the way people jumped on the cause. I think it’s because it was quite a personal story which has touched people.”
To donate to the fundraiser for the children’s centre, head to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ben-taylor-316
To find out more about the children’s centre, search ‘apelsin.zp.ua’ on Facebook on Instagram.