As Vladimir Putin’s horrific invasion of Ukraine continues into its seventh month, a fundraising group for those suffering due to the war based in Chorleywood is still going strong.
Chorleywood Aid for Ukraine (CAFUKR) was founded earlier this year by local residents Pierre Bosdet and Taissia Rantiuk (the latter a Ukrainian national herself), and for the past few months, they’ve been working hard to collect items to be sent to the citizens of the war-stricken country.
Having been formed days after the initial invasion in late February, the group became a registered charity on July 7, and work with Kyiv-based charity, From Dreams to Reality, which is run by Taissia’s long-time friend, Yuliya Zayarnaya.
Together, they provide aid to special needs children, orphanages, mental institutions, the Kyiv Military Hospital, displaced mothers with children and babies, & villagers whose homes were damaged by Russian army occupation.
They’ve provided items including clothes, bedding, kitchenware, a TV and a washing machine for wounded soldiers, and even sent food and medical aid straight to the front lines of the Ukrainian army’s defence.
The group were recently visited by Gagan Mohindra MP of South West Hertfordshire, who praised them for their hard work through a difficult set of circumstances.
CAFUKR still desperately needs funding and items to be sent over. To find out more about the charity and/or to donate, visit their website.