Today 14th March The Hub had a special visit from the Mayor and Mayoress of Epsom and Ewell to see how things are going. While on site they talked and thanked the volunteers who have been amazing. At the same time of their visit the third trailer was being loaded up ready to be sent to a central collection hub in Surrey.
The use of the trailer was very kindly donated by 7th Epsom Scouts unit and was full of essential such as warm clothing, medical supplies, sleeping mats and blankets. The Mayor and Mayoress helped in the loading.
Afterwards The Mayor and Mayoress talked to David Beddows Ashley Centre manager who kindly gave the unit to Surrey stands With Ukraine for free. David Beddows said
“The response from just 7 days ago has been amazing and shows the generosity of the community”
The Mayor and Mayoress talked to Nataliya, founder of SSWU, and her young sister Anya who has just arrived from war torn Ukraine on Sunday with her mother.
It was clear from observing the conversation that the Mayor and Mayoress found it hard to hide their emotions as this young girl explained to them the horrors that she had witness and the pain she feels in leaving the rest of her family and friends back in Ukraine.
After wishing everyone well and posing for photos the Mayor Cllr.Peter O’Donovan said
” It was both an absolute pleasure and very humbling to meet Nataliya and her sister Anya with all the fantastic volunteers, who were there. We are amazed at the amount of gifts and donations to this great cause and we’re delighted to wave off the second trailer full of goods.”
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