Hundreds of donations set to be delivered to Ukraine by Glos councillor and resident

Volunteers in Gloucester have been overwhelmed by the amount of support they have received and now have more than three lorry loads of goods to help war-torn Ukraine.

Gloucester City Councillors and resident Łukasz Woloszyn put a call out last week for donations to take to the war-torn country.

And on Saturday, people came out in force to donate food and personal hygiene products at Manor Farm in Kingsway.

Cllr Chambers said he was speechless by the amount of support they have received.

He said the charitable gestures from local residents and how the community had come together had restored his faith in humanity.

He said: “Saturday was unbelievable. It was nonstop, cars back to back as far as I could see.

“We must have had at least 300 volunteers over and four or five different shops brought hot food for us. We’ve filled up two lorries. We’ve also got a warehouse full of stuff for a third lorry.

“We’ve also had people come forward and donate two Land Rover Discovery 4x4s for the medical supplies to be driven over. It’s also inspired other people to do other collections so it’s going really well.

“It 100% restored my faith in humanity. This really refreshes the soul. I’m really happy.”

Councillor Chambers said he will be going with Mr Woloszyn to Poland on Thursday to meet the lorries as they arrive at the Ukrainian border.

Gloucester artist Russell Haines is also planning to go out to document the event. He said: “Ali came to see me last week and asked if I wanted to come along and do something on it.

“That’s exactly what I did. I’ll be filming and photographing it and see it all come off at the border. It’s definitely worth documenting from a Gloucester point of view.

“It’s interesting how everyone came together so well so from a community perspective I think it’s really important to show that story.”

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