A Cheadle community leader has praised the town for its gigantic response to an appeal set up to help those suffering in Ukraine amid the Russian invasion. More than 1.5million citizens have now left the country while many others continue to shelter in underground bunkers.
A Cheadle community leader has praised the town for its gigantic response to an appeal set up to help those suffering in Ukraine amid the Russian invasion.
More than 1.5million citizens have now left the country while many others continue to shelter in underground bunkers.
Food and supplies are facing a shortage with there also being a need for other essential items.
Last week, the Times & Echo reported that Cheadle Town councillor Phil Routledge is leading a collection appeal for specified items, before handing them over to Sacred Heart Church in Hanley prior to delivery to Ukraine.
The plan was to make one journey to the church every Sunday – but within just a few short days of launch, nine trips have had to be made due to the amount of stock donated by the public, most of it having to be packed into vans.
“I’m absolutely blown away,” cllr Routledge told the Times & Echo on Monday.
“Can I say to everyone in Cheadle a very, very big thank you for showing how generous and kind they are.
“Thanks too to cllr Gary Bentley and cllr Mark Staton for going up in their vans and getting stock up there as fast as we can.”
He added: “I’m very proud of our town and how caring and loving they have been – even during a time when we’re all struggling – we’ve pulled together and really helped people who are in a state much worse than we are in. They’ve really pulled out all the stops.”
Churches, community groups and businesses have all helped in the appeal, cllr Routledge admitting it was ‘overwhelming.’
The appeal is being forced to pause from Thursday night onwards due to the fact the church – and many other places receiving donations prior to shipping – are struggling for room, with supplies coming in faster than they can send them off to Ukraine.
Cllr Routledge reiterated his thanks to the community for their generosity but stated that he didn’t want people to spend money on donation items for them not to be taken in and consequently be at risk of being thrown away.
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