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More than £3,000 raised at Kirkstall Forge Ukrainian event

An event at Kirkstall Forge to raise funds to support people in war-torn Ukraine has raised more than £3,000.

More than 150 people attended the fundraising evening, with all money raised being shared between Leeds Together For Ukraine and Leeds Ukrainian Community Centre.

There was the opportunity to enjoy Ukrainian food, live music performances by Music from the Attic, bid in a silent auction and enjoy the Butlers bar at Kirkstall Forge.

The event was run by Forge owners CEG in partnership with Leeds City Council, Leeds Together for Ukraine and the Leeds Ukrainian community.

Councillor James Lewis, leader of Leeds City Council, said:

“It was a pleasure and a privilege to be involved with this event. To see so many people turning out to raise money to help others in their hour of need was truly heart-warming and a fine example of the generosity for which Leeds is well known.”

Olga Callaghan, chair of the Leeds Branch of the National Association of Ukrainians of Great Britain, said:

“The Ukrainian community in Leeds would like to give an enormous thank you to everyone for their hard work, enthusiasm and amazing generosity that made the event such a success. Words cannot express our gratitude for your help.” 

Lucinda Yeadon, community liaison manager at CEG, said:

“Leeds United, Leeds Rhinos and a number of local businesses and individuals donated items for a very special auction. Over £3,000 was raised on the night with donations still coming in. A huge thank you to everyone who helped organise the evening – especially the fabulous Life Team and wonderful Butler’s at Kirkstall Forge, who hosted the event!”

Anyone wanting to donate to the Leeds fundraising campaign for Ukraine can do so using this link: Leeds Together for Ukraine – JustGiving.

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