Lorry full of aid heading for Ukraine
A lorry full aid donated by the kind people of Bridgwater and surrounding areas has departed to the Polish border with Ukraine. The Bridgwater-Ukraine relief project was organised by Mario and Gosia Gogolin, from the Bridgwater-Polish community through their organisation ‘You are not alone’, with the help of local churches and Bridgwater Town Council. Bridgwater Town Council let the group use the Town Hall last week for the delivery and sorting of the donations, staff and councillors helped with the work and the Town Council provided funding of £2,000 to pay for the cost of the lorry to transport the aid.
Mario commented, as the lorry was leaving “In the last 2 weeks we have been collecting and preparing donations for Ukraine’s refugees. It was a huge project, and without your help it would not have been possible to achieve our goal. We would like to say huge thank you to all who were involved in this action, and to everyone who donated goods, money, and their free time. We would like to say thank you to Cllr Brian Smedley, Leader of Bridgwater Town Council, who donated his time and allowed us to use the Town Hall in Bridgwater, Kelvin Millis, the Town Hall caretaker, councillors for their time and all volunteers, who were all extremely helpful.”
Mario continued “We also would like to say thank you to the St. Mary’s Vicar Suse, Vicky and all the volunteers form Church of St Mary in Bridgwater. We are taken aback by the outreach of the greater communities in Somerset; Bridgwater & Taunton College, The Engine Room in Bridgwater, Manager of Somerset Diverse Communities Michal Puzynski, the greater communities in Puriton, Wells, Street and Street Baptist Church, The Windmill Inn, and the Polish and Ukrainian community. We also must mention Kasia and the team from Poundland shop in Bridgwater, Anna and Dorota for sorting out the transport, Irena and everyone else who helped organise the boxes, Andrew and James from Drews Uk Ltd who allowed us to store the pallets and helped with loading the lorry, and also Tracie from Sainsbury Street, for donating the boxes.”