• Wed. May 25th, 2022

Just a small sample of Teessiders doing amazing things to help people in Ukraine

Lots of people across Teesside have come together to do their part to help the people of Ukraine and we spoke to some of them.

From organizing collections to selling their homemade products to raise funds, the Teessiders have been out in force to show their support and do what they can for the people of Ukraine.

Here is a very small sample of some of the amazing things people in our area have done.

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Julie Cooper

Owner and creator of the Don War Memorial Museum and the Last post memorial Bar

Julie has been collecting donations for a few weeks and is due in Poland at 3 p.m. on Sunday March 13.



Julie with volunteers loading one of the vans with donations

She stored all the donations at the Last Post bar and had many people from the community helping to put it all together.

Alex Vickers of Vickers Construction Limited, offered one of their vans to help with transportation.



The Last Post Memorial Bar room is filled with donation boxes
The Last Post Memorial Bar room is filled with donation boxes

As well as the huge donation boxes received from the likes of Asda Portrack and Lidl Stockton, many have also generously contributed towards the costs of fuel and ferry crossings, in a collection jar on the bar.

Julie said in a post on her Facebook page: “Long road ahead for all of us. Thank you to the kindness and generosity of everyone who came together to make this journey carrying vital items across the Ukrainian-Polish border possible.

“You are an integral part of and it will make a difference to people. Thank you, donors and helpers.”

Little Munchkins Modeling Dough



Tanya with two of her children
Tanya with two of her children

Tanya Johnson, owner of Little Munchkins Playdough, raised £600 by making playdough in the colors of the Ukrainian flag and selling it on her website.

The mum-of-four said: “I was inspired by another ‘Wish upon a string’ retailer who posted a message on Instagram saying she had purchased items online through Etsy from small businesses in Ukraine, but left a message for the seller to say they didn’t need to send the goods to him.

“I thought it was such a great way to donate, and it made me think about what I could do, do my part.

“All my modeling clay is homemade, so I started making pots in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.



Plasticine in the colors of the Ukrainian flag
Plasticine in the colors of the Ukrainian flag

“I had up to 80 orders at one point, someone bought 40 jars for a nursery so they could use them to help explain to children what was happening in Ukraine.

“In total I raised £600 and split it between the British Red Cross, Unicef ​​and Etsy sellers.

“I received a message from a lady on Etsy saying that thanks to all the donations she received through her Etsy shop, she was able to buy a car that she was going to send to the front line.”

Millbry Hill, the county store



Millbry Hill staff with some of the donations
Millbry Hill staff with some of the donations

Millbry Hill staff were ‘moved to tears’ by people’s generosity after they launched a social media appeal which saw people queuing outside their shops before opening time with their donations.

They have organized drop-off points at head office as well as at their stores in Stokesley, Richmond, Whitby, Whitehaven and Sutton-on-the-Forest.

Two containers were opened to allow them to sort the goods and their sister company C&C Horse Transport provided transport to the Darlington distribution centre.

Mandale Homes also helped by providing a third container and Venture Properties in Darlington helped drop off tons of donations every day.

Serena Harriman, General Manager of Millbry Hill, said: The reaction we have received to our Ukrainian appeal has been overwhelming.



Donations to Millbry Hill
Donations to Millbry Hill

“We are delighted to be able to help and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the team at Millbry Hill who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the large number of donations we have received are packed, sorted and delivered as soon as possible. as possible. possible to the people who need it most.”

Grace Robinson, Purchasing Manager at Millbry Hill, said: ‘Texting my manager Serena on Tuesday morning, it became clear that we were both thinking the same thing in that we wanted to do something to help the Ukrainian people.

“The collection has truly become something we could never have imagined, the kindness of our customers, staff, adjacent businesses and local community has been immeasurable. We will continue to work hard to help wherever we can. we can.”

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