Photos: Ukrainian fundraiser held at East Northdown gardens

Floral crowns at the Ukraine fundraiser Photo Frank Leppard

A map with pins showing the locations of families homes in Ukraine and poems and traditional folk songs were some of the activities at a fundraising event on Sunday (July 9).

A Ukrainian style afternoon tea was held at East Northdown Farmhouse garden to raise funds for those still in the war-torn country.

The event was initiated by Ukrainian families who fled the war and found peace in the Thanet district.

Photo Frank Leppard

The Russo-Ukrainian War  is an ongoing international conflict between Russia, alongside Russian-backed separatists, and Ukraine, which began in February 2014. It escalated in February 2022 when Russia invaded and occupied parts of Ukraine. At least 62,295 people have died since the upscaled conflict began.

Photo Frank Leppard

The event included music, art, history, and food. It was sponsored by East Northdown Nursery and Salvation Army.

William Friend, who was one of the organisers and owner at East Northdown, said: “We had about 30 pins of families on the map who came and their locations in Ukraine

Photo Frank Leppard

“We had children saying poems in Ukrainian and traditional folk songs sung by the adults AND A quiz and auction of a Ukrainian painting and flag.

Photo Frank Leppard

“The Ukrainian children played games in the garden and the ladies made floral crowns traditionally made on 7th July for a Midsummer festival.

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“The Mayor of Margate also came along. Special thanks to the Ramsgate Salvation Army for all their help.”