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Redditch pupils doing their bit to help Ukrainian refugees

Redditch Editorial 22nd May, 2022

A MAJOR appeal for donations for Ukrainian refugees organised by Birchensale Middle School has been safely delivered to those in need.

It was co-ordinated by the school’s English as an Addition Language lead Katarzyna Okonska who went out to Poland to see the situation for herself.

“Before Easter, after hearing that the majority of Ukrainian refugees went to Poland, I decided to go back there to try and help out, whilst spreading the word that the school I work at, Birchensale Middle School, was sending their support, from 1,100 miles away,” she explained..

“When I got there, there were hundreds of ordinary people like you and me, queuing up to receive donations and help.

“It was extremely harrowing.”

Before Katarzyna went out the Redditch school had organised a non-uniform day in aid of Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion.

Both parents and pupils helped massively, raising a huge £1,280 for the appeal, which was spent mostly on food and supplies.

Katarzyna added: “Not only were we raising money, but also collected donations from the families of our pupils, things like blankets (including handmade ones), clothes, nappies, first aid kits, food, cosmetics, toiletries, cat/dog food, batteries, torches, candles – some of them with a little message: ‘Be happy, everything will be OK!’ – scooters and even a children’s play car.

“Everything was transported to Poland with the wonderful support of the Polish Midlands community. Their help was vital. So, thank you! Money raised from Birchensale’s staff’s monthly quiz night also went to the appeal.

“Our lovely Michelle Green sold her handmade cosmetic bags for donations, amassing £100 for the cause and is planning on making handbags to continue with her support. A huge thank you to her!

“Thank you to everyone who has supported and donated to the appeal – it all means a great deal, and to our headteacher, Mark Brazier, whose support and dedication to the cause is always appreciated and greatly valued.”

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