A Moorlands resident has created a ‘tree of hope’ to honour those affected by the currently war-torn Ukraine. Brian Mountford, who lives in Wardle Gardens in Leek, has decorated one of the trees in his garden, with handmade Ukrainian flags.
A Moorlands resident has created a ‘tree of hope’ to honour those affected by the currently war-torn Ukraine.
Brian Mountford, who lives in Wardle Gardens in Leek, has decorated one of the trees in his garden, with handmade Ukrainian flags.
Brian said: “I am a 75-year-old retired conceptualist living in Leek.
“During my lifetime I have had to face many bullies and business gangsters.
“However, unlike the citizens of Ukraine, the bullies I faced were not a neighbouring enemy with machine guns, tanks and rocket launchers.
“In 2020 I demonstrated my support for the NHS by creating a Tree of Life to give away free hand-made face masks to my local community.
“I am now showing my personal support for the brave Ukrainian people by creating a Tree of Hope bearing handmade Ukrainian National flags.
“This small gesture of support by myself and my family will be viewed by thousands of daily passing vehicles.
“As I stood to take the photo of the sign the sun came out so I took the opportunity of my shadow giving the message a Churchill victory sign.”
Brian added: “I believe that if enough normal people like myself demonstrated their support for Ukraine then it may just play a small part in the huge task of ensuring that a bully never wins.
“I would encourage others to perhaps place their own Ukraine flags in their windows as a gesture of their support.”
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