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Gifts distributed in Ukraine after wrapathon event

[Press center3] time:2023-05-30 19:19:41 source:BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation) author:Press center3 click:22order

More than 30,000 presents have reached children in war-torn Ukraine after a "wrapathon" event by UK volunteers.

Dozens of helpers chipped in to wrap gifts at Claydon High School, near Ipswich, before the consignment left Suffolk on 12 December.

Four lorry loads of donated presents were sent - with every one reaching a child in Ukraine in time for Christmas.

Organiser Jeremy Fish told the BBC: "I feel overwhelmed with emotion. It brings tears to my eyes".

"For me, this is what Christmas is all about, doing something nice for other people," he said.

"We sent 30,000 presents and all of these have been donated by companies and members of the public."

"We sent them initially to East Slovakia and from there they have been distributed literally to all four corners of Ukraine in just a few days," Mr Fish added.

"They've held these events in all the major cities for displaced children by the war and it's been a spectacular effort, it really has."

The wrapathon on 27 November was organised by Rotary Clubs in the UK and Ukraine, with help from a number of charities donating toys and providing transport.

"I knew this was going to be fairly big when we couldn't move in our warehouse in Ipswich," Mr Fish said.

"The response has been staggering, it's captured Ukrainians at a national level.

"It's lovely to see them caring so much for their children and that we've managed to bring a little bit of joy into their lives at such a difficult time. It's heart-warming."

Fifty plant and hire companies got involved in the effort, as well as hundreds of members of the public, he said.

He said the Plant and Hire Aid Alliance - formed by companies in the plant and plant hire industry to support the humanitarian effort in Ukraine - was now working to send thousands of electricity generators to families in need.

More than 100 have already been sent to Kherson but the target is 10,000.

"Ukrainian families are absolutely desperate for power, there are still some seven million people who haven't got power," he said.

"It's bad enough not having power but not having heating or water - or having your town or city ruined. We need to help these people, we really do."

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