Alec Evans, Community Reporter for Surrey Live spent the day as a volunteer at Surrey Stands With Ukraine’s Epsom hub.
Here’s the first few paragraphs from his wonderful writeup of his experience.
“Since Russia invaded Ukraine on Thursday, February 24, there have been numerous examples of people across Surrey getting together to show their support. Just one example is Surrey Stands With Ukraine, which is a fundraising group that was founded just weeks after the conflict started, and is based at a previously vacant hub opposite Boots at The Ashley Centre in Epsom.
It is staffed entirely by volunteers – no fees or wages are taken by any trustees or volunteers involved and all money raised goes straight to Ukraine. The organisation, a registered charity, has a mission statement to ‘support the people of Ukraine by collecting essential medical and search & rescue supplies needed by those on the ground, and organising transport to deliver these supplies directly from Epsom to the Polish/Ukrainian border.’
SurreyLive joined the group for an afternoon on Friday, March 18 to help out and speak to those involved to learn more about what they do first hand. And there were a number of different observations we had.”
You can read the full article on Surrey Live’s website.