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Rotary donates generators to powerless Ukrainian village

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Thatcham Rotary Club has played a part in the “impressive and immediate” support to those stuck in a Ukrainian village without power.

The people of Chernihiv have been without many essential services after a 25-day Russian occupation and heavy artillery.

With no power or electricity, around 600 residents of a care home have been suffering.

Supplies taken over to Ukraine
Supplies taken over to Ukraine

Ukrainian guests staying with former Newbury mayor Margo Payne and husband John Payne have been relaying the stories of the people of Chernihiv.

They explained that those who are stuck in the care home have been preparing and cooking their hot meals in the open air.

Many organisations across the district have since donated their time, effort and funds in aid of reducing this plight.

Supplies that were sent over to Ukraine
Supplies that were sent over to Ukraine

Members of Thatcham Rotary Club gave five generators and agreed a £500 donation towards transport costs with Newbury Lions.

Newbury Girl Guides donated “dozens of tents and sleeping bags” and Newbury Rotary Club gave financial support.

Tents and sleeping bags were sent
Tents and sleeping bags were sent

Rotarian Alan House said that the club couldn’t “stand by doing nothing”.

He said Rotary is all about ‘service above self’ and helping others is “what we do”.

One of the club’s generators is destined for Chernihiv Care Home with the remainder en route to the town of Sloboda.

Mrs Payne also expressed her gratitude to all those who “responded in such a positive way”.

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