Mayor of Preston appeal for donations for Ukraine

Source: Preston City Council 4 March 2022

The tragic scenes in Ukraine this past week have made many Prestonians look for ways they can personally help.

There are a variety of ways to donate – either financially or supplies – locally and nationally and we urge anyone wishing to do so to ensure all donations are through a trustworthy source. Examples of these include British Red Cross, International Aid (which currently is collecting donations in Chorley), and other great charities and community groups in the area.

Councillor Javed Iqbal

The Mayor of Preston has been formally approached for support by our Polish twin city Kalisz urgently providing finance and supplies to the Ukrainian city Kamieniec Podolski. With a longstanding relationship between Kamieniec Podolski and Kalisz, the Ukranian city has issued a list of vital supplies to their Polish partner that Preston has been asked to support in any way we can.

In order to meet the urgent need for these items, on behalf of Mayor of Preston, Preston City Council is hosting a donation page on their website that will allow residents, communities and businesses to donate funds that will be transferred directly to the Mayor of the city Kalisz for the purchase and transfer of the necessary medical and other supplies to Ukraine.

Mayor of Preston, Councillor Javed Iqbal  said,

“Many of us are watching what is happening in Ukraine with great sadness, and I know there is a growing desire across all of our communities to help in some way.

While there are a number of great causes and organisations that are either raising money or collecting donations for Ukrainians, it is my honour to share the personal request from the Mayor of Kalisz, our twin city, to help him help both refugees and, for as long as they are able, directly transport supplies across the border.

On his behalf, I ask that those who are able to support this worthy and urgent cause to give generously – and remind you that when we work together, every pound adds up to make a real difference.”


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