Help for Ukraine Appeal Fund

What is our mission?

The charity was set up with the aims to provide aid and relief for the suffering families in Ukraine, as a result of the war. 

The war in Ukraine is currently affecting many thousands of children. Help for Ukraine Appeal fund has a focus on providing funding, support, and help for families, women, children, schools and orphanages in Ukraine wherever possible.

We are a UK registered Charity.

With the help and support from others, we hope to bring some relief, aid, and comfort to those families suffering from the war in Ukraine.

orphanages in Ukraine wherever possible.

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Help For Ukraine Appeal Fund charity is supporting families, children, schools orphanages in Ukraine wherever possible.

You will see across the website, images and videos from places we have already supported. This includes Torun and Bydgoszcz, both in Poland. Chernihiv, Cherkasy, Kherson and Mikolaiv in Ukraine and children in UK. We appeared on National TV - BBC1 on 20 December 2022 which focused on disabled Ukrainian children

Our aim is to continue to help those suffering in Ukraine, Poland and the UK by providing funds directly to where it is needed, and by using our excellent contacts we are able to link with places where the big charities have had no involvement. 

These actions make such a massive difference to peoples lives. 

One recent project was to go back to the orphanage in Torun and provide a sensory room, the polish authorities do a great job caring for these children but they are so short of supplies and have nothing to stimulate them.

Help For Ukraine Appeal Fund charity has currently provided a sensory room in an orphanage in Torun, Poland, to help families in Ukraine and Poland.

Recent donations include to help a maternity hospital in Mikolaiv and an orphanage in Mikolaiv and we also sent funds to the people of Kherson who are suffering from the terrible floods and aftermath following Russia destroying the Dam. We visited the home and sent funds to Oksana and her daughter who are featured in the BBC program shown on 22 May 23 after Lee Ellerker went to see for himself their awful conditions in Chernihiv

We now support a charity in Ukraine, Miracle Today in Chernihiv who provide lots of support including local school children ( their school is very badly damaged ) elderly  people at Kozelets,  disabled at Zamglai Psychoneurological Centre and other local people who have lost their homes due to bombing.

We provided laptops to children in East Yorkshire and also funded an activity fun day for UK based children

We are also supporting a charity in Cherkasy, Ukraine providing funds for them to help sick children in that region.

 We have had good media coverage including National BBC1, BBC Look North, ITV Calender, Radio Humberside, and also Polish media.

 

laptops given to children in East Yorkshire
Picture of families, children and orphanages in Ukraine as a result of the conflicts in the country. Help For Ukraine Appeal Fund charity aims to help those families in need.

Please help support families and children in Ukraine

Since the start of the war, over 14 million Ukrainians have fled their homes. with 8 million displaced in Ukraine and 6 million of those still in neighbouring countries.

Hull NHS Article

Castle Hill workers switch between hospital work and humanitarian aid Authored by: Rachel Johnson Publish: 13/07/2022 12:15:00 Last update: 13/07/2022 12:17:55

Dr Andrzej Frygier is among those supporting disabled orphans evacuated from the conflict in Ukraine Staff working at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham have teamed up to support disabled children evacuated from the conflict in Ukraine. 

Dr Andrzej Frygier, a specialty trainee in haematology, and Lee Ellerker, an engineer who sub-contracts with the Trust, have been working together to raise money and send aid to support over 60 children at a Polish orphanage since April this year. 

No stranger to humanitarian aid, ex-military veteran and former UN worker Lee began taking goods and supplies out to refugees at the Polish border at the start of this year as part of the Hull 4 Ukraine effort. Andrzej has also been volunteering his medical skills on regular trips back to his native Poland since the war began. But after a chance meeting between the pair in the gym, both Lee and Andrzej, who has family living near to the Polish-Ukrainian border, realised they could achieve much more by working together. Enlisting even more support from Lee’s friend Shaun Willox to get the charity appeal off the ground, the team is now raising money to send food, supplies and sensory equipment over to Poland. 

The aid will support 62 children, some as young as 8 and many with severe disabilities, who are struggling to cope with the mental and physical effects of the conflict. A further 30 children are expected to join them soon. Andrzej (pictured right and above, centre) says: “Since the war began, I have stayed in touch with my professional network in Poland who are offering their time and skills to help refugees, and when I make the trip over, I volunteer with them too. This direct involvement has given me a clearer picture of the real scale of problems and what people fleeing the war are going through. “My colleague Wojciech, a haematology consultant in Poland, told me about group of disabled children who had been evacuated from the war zone to Biskupin, a small town in Kuyavian Pomeranian district of Poland. The children had been bussed out of Ukraine amid nearby shelling to a hotel where the owner had generously offered to accommodate the children for free. Wojciech told me how, when they arrived, most of the children needed urgent medical attention, and he was there on the spot, triaging and volunteering his medical care. 

“At the beginning, there was no funding to provide even the basics for them, like food, medical supplies or equipment, or to pay for utilities; everything was purely based on the generosity of nearby volunteers. “With the help of the local authorities, the children have since been found more suitable accommodation on an old hospital wing in Torun, but their health needs are many and complex and they still very much need our help.” Andrzej has supported the children’s medical care from his own monies and with support from colleagues at the Queen’s Centre for Oncology & Haematology at Castle Hill Hospital, who have helped him and Lee raise over £2,000 so far to pay for blood tests, personal care and nutrition. Lee says: “It’s humanity that has been shaken by this war; the innocents who have no place on the battlefields have had their homes and lives torn apart. “Having witnessed conflicts myself, I knew I had to help the people of Ukraine in their struggle for freedom. Freedom is something we take for granted, and only when it is threatened do we rise. So I choose to rise and help the humanitarian effort in Poland and the Ukraine. “Up to now I have raised £13,000 for humanitarian aid and we will keep going until they need help no more.” 

Shaun says: “Seeing the appalling destruction in Ukraine and knowing there are so many suffering and needing help, I knew I just had to get involved. I am currently hosting a Ukrainian family and have been meeting other Ukrainians, and it feels so personal. “I have seen so much kindness and support by our country and I know so many wish to help. I’m pleased to be working alongside Lee and Andrzej, I know we can do really good things together.” Andrzej adds: “I used to talk a lot with my grandparents about their Second World War memories, and now it's all happening again and very close to Poland. “There’s an overwhelming spirit of solidarity with Ukrainians across the whole of Poland and the whole world. I simply asked myself, what can I do to help? It’s a question I think everybody should ask themselves. Everybody will have a different answer, but it’s important to do something. Even if it’s only very small, every single sign of solidarity counts.” 

How you can help: The team is seeking donations to purchase supplies and specialist equipment which can be transported to Poland and further into Ukraine, as well as to pay for adaptations to the building/children’s care environment – please consider donating via their GoFundMe page and watch the video to find out more. 

Food, medical supplies, personal care items, toys and equipment are also welcome – please email contact@helpforukraineappealfund.org.uk to discuss in more detail