PEOPLE gathered outside Leamington Town Hall to show solidarity with Ukraine on Sunday morning.
Some 75 people turned out for a vigil and to learn what more can be done to help following a highly successful donation drive by the Leamington Polish centre.
The vigil saw speakers including Emma Rose, recently elected senior vice-president of the National Education Union together with members of Leamington Justice for Palestinians.
Event co-organiser Lucy Phillips said: “This vigil showed the tremendous solidarity of the people of Leamington with the people of Ukraine during this extremely difficult time. We condemn Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and call for Russian troops to withdraw.”
Co-organiser Felix Ling added: “The UK government must open the borders to refugees and ensure no British or NATO troops become involved in the conflict. We urge people to continue to donate to refugees and also stand with the anti-war protestors within Russia.”
* ACTION 21 will be donating all the income raised on Friday and Saturday (March 11 and 12) to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
The Re-Useful Centre in Leamington’s Court Street will be giving the money raised to Disasters Emergency Committee charities in Ukraine and neighbouring countries meeting the needs of refugees and displaced people.
To offer further help visit:
Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal
British Red Cross
Disasters Emergency Committee
Coventry Refugee Centre
Telephone 02476 227254