As of the beginning of March, over one million Ukrainian residents have left their country to seek shelter from the ongoing Russian invasion.
With over half a million refugees having crossed the border into Poland and hundreds of thousands into surrounding European countries, these people are in need of clothes, toiletries, and medical supplies.
Throughout Lincolnshire, companies are coming together to support Ukrainian refugees by opening temporary donation sites and donating products and profits.
Kevin Cook, of Pat Cook Funeral Services, opened a temporary site for residents to drop off donations to aid the cause. He said: “it is so important for people who can donate to donate to Ukrainian refugees because people are being forced out of their homes and homeland”.
Mr Cook said they need toiletries, clothes and bedding supplies. He asks the public to bring donations to their office on Burton Road.
Lincoln pizza restaurant Dough Loco is donating a portion of its profits this month to various Ukrainian appeals. A company spokesman said: “As a company, we believe we all have the moral obligation as humans to look after one another and we’d like to think we’d get support if something was to happen here in the UK”.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that four million Ukrainian people will need help and relief over the next few months as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces that the UK will take 200,000 Ukrainian refugees.
A full list of donation sites can be found at: https://www.northlincs.gov.uk/community-advice-and-support/help-and-support-for-ukraine/