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2nd Jul, 2022

Bromsgrove's Stage Dance Academy holds 'non-uniform day' to help the Ukrainians

MEMBERS of Bromsgrove’s Stage Door Dance Academy dressed in blue and yellow during lessons and raised £300 for a Ukraine appeal.

The class had a visit from Cathy and Garry Stokes who will be travelling to a village in Krakow, Poland, next Friday, April 8 to deliver much-needed supplies to families who have had to leave their homes and loved ones behind.

The pair spoke about their fund-raising efforts and plans for the trip.

Stage Door principal Martina Ponsonby said: “It was a lovely time to reflect and it seemed like the perfect project for Stage Door to help.

“It was heartwarming to see so many students taking part in the yellow and blue theme.

“Like many of us, they watch the news and see this terrible crisis developing everyday and wanted to do more to help but didn’t know how – until an opportunity presented itself with the donation of a van.

“Soon they had fuel donated and also free passage to Holland.”

Families have also helped with donating supplies as well as money for the Disasters Emergency Committee, which the Government is match-funding.

Further supplies are still needed so the van is as full as it possibly can be before it leaves.

Donations for the collection need to be at St Michael and All Angels Church, Stoke Prior, by Wednesday, April 6.

Among the items requested are blankets, torches and batteries, nappies, baby wipes, disposable gloves, sanitary / hygiene products, crayons, colouring books, first aid kits, bandages, hair brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brushes,  toiletries and shampoo, non-prescription painkillers, non-perishable food (pasta, rice, sugar, pulses, packet soups, Easter eggs, underwear and socks (all ages).

People are advised no clothing, footwear, tinned food, baby formula, toys, sleeping bags or duvets are needed.

So far, £1,500 has been donated, Excool is providing the van, GTAccess is supplying the fuel and the Stena Line is giving a free ferry crossing from Harwich to Holland.

For more on the appeal, call Cathy or Gary on 01527 577069.

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