As part of a Newsquest-wide campaign to support Ukraine’s appeal, The Northern Echo looks back at some of the heroic efforts of people here across the North East.
Since the first Russian troops on the ground 21 days ago, at least 15,000 people have been killed, around 1,700 buildings have been destroyed and nearly three million people displaced.
After the war and the destruction, the world rallied behind Ukraine and the Ukrainian people around the world and instilled a sense of unity in those who needed hope more than ever.
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And the Northeast was no different.
Collections, vigils, demonstrations, events and more took place from Darlington to Durham and Richmond to Newcastle.
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While reporting on the crisis, The Northern Echo saw a concerted effort for the people of Ukraine, whether in people who traveled 24 hours to the Ukraine-Poland border, or those organizing collections in their own towns, villages, and cities, we’ve seen it all.
Among some of those who helped was the village community of Langley Moor, near Durham, who came together to care for three stranded Ukrainian truck drivers, who had been forced to stay here, due to of the danger that awaited them at home.
In the community, locals and businesses had jumped to the rescue, offering food, cash, clothing, housing and even haircuts.
Stephen Bromley, owner of Littleburn Café in the Langley Moor industrial estate, was among the villagers who helped out and said the locals had a “massive heart” and a huge community spirit.
Similar acts of kindness were seen from the Bishop of Auckland’s businessman Jack Vincent, who pulled out all the stops to make a trip to Poland and help refugees fleeing their torn apart home. the war.
Thanks to donations from people in County Durham, Mr. Vincent was able to transport clothing, food and tech items to those who needed them most.
In Darlington, the Firthmoor Community Center went above and beyond the expectations of Ukrainians by donating 150,000 items to the cause.
From there they were then packed into 1,337 boxes before being transported to a large storage facility for shipment to the Ukraine-Poland border.
Down the road in Middlesbrough, owner of My Lock Up self-storage Kevin Doyle traveled the 1,400 miles to north-east Poland in a three-person convoy after “seen the atrocities on television”.
Everyone from Middlesbrough Football Club to libraries around Teesside have gotten involved in the organized collection efforts – which have sent thousands of items to Ukraine in recent weeks.
Staying on Teesside, personal trainer Mike Hind was among those who traveled to the Ukraine-Poland border to deliver the essentials after a monumental effort to involve so many people from his community.
In Thornaby, near Stockton, Last Post Memorial Bar owner Julie Cooper was overwhelmed by the generosity of locals.
Following a call for goods on the Facebook page, staff and volunteers were inundated with diapers, diaper rash cream, baby food, baby milk and feminine hygiene products.
In North Yorkshire, Millbury Hall in Richmond has been used as a collection center for essential items, while North Yorkshire County Council has also become a vital agency for aid to Ukraine.
Politically, in addition to attending debates in the House of Commons, Members of Parliament from our region have also built up their own collections or defended those that have.
Durham City MP Mary Kelly Foy managed to collect hundreds of articles in just days after launching a campaign, with the political party division taking a break to focus on something more important : to help those who find themselves in an unimaginable situation.
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