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Loughborough College students donate huge amounts of food to help Ukraine

Loughborough College students with pallets of donations

The College filled 10 pallets with food and other items.

More than £10,000 worth of food donations from Loughborough College and Samworth Brothers is on the way to Kyiv to help feed families in  Ukraine.

The College ran a three-day food drive last week and the donations filled 10 pallets.

Simon Smith, a Public Services lecturer at Loughborough College, said: “The response to the donation appeal has been overwhelming and is typical of the amazing culture of giving at Loughborough College."

Samworth Brothers are now ensuring the supplies get to Ukraine via its own HGV fleet and its international partners.

Adam King, Community Director at Samworth Brothers, said: “Not only are we delivering essential food to people but we’re saying loudly and clearly that we care. We are working with a range of organisations in Leicestershire and beyond to help facilitate deliveries to Ukraine.  We want to do everything we can to support the people of Ukraine.”

The College and Samworth Brothers joined forces with Ukrainian citizen Snizhana Yesaulenko, a Director of the Gresham Aparthotel in Leicester, who has been campaigning to send food to stock field kitchens in her home country.

Snizhana has raised over £20,000 to support field kitchens in Kyiv which are used by volunteers to prepare hot meals and food for hospitals, soldiers and those who have lost their homes.  

Snizhana Yesaulenko, Director of The Gresham Aparthotel, said: “This will be life-changing. I am so proud of everyone for contributing and getting involved including the amazing team at Loughborough College and Samworth Brothers and all their suppliers too.  I know how much this means to people in Ukraine, so I would like to thank anyone who has contributed or been involved in any way.”

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