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FOOTBALL STANDS TOGETHER: Bucket collection ahead of the game

Raising money for a serious humanitarian crisis

11 March 2022

The Carlisle United Official Supporters’ Club (CUOSC) and Carlisle United are holding a collection in aid of Ukraine before the home game with Northampton on Saturday 12 March 2022.

Please show your support and help if you can.

The club and CUOSC have teamed up with Multicultural Cumbria (www.multiculturalcumbria.org.uk) to help the people of war-ravaged Ukraine following the Russian invasion.

Members of the Ukraine community in Carlisle will be undertaking a bucket collection around Brunton Park on Saturday to raise much-needed funds to assist with the humanitarian crisis.

All donations will be welcomed and passed on directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee (www.dec.org.uk).

Multicultural Cumbria’s initial aim is to support the Cumbrian Ukrainians and Cumbrian Polish community who are assisting with the relief effort.

There will also be the opportunity to donate physical aid via Dino’s Polish Shop in Carlisle.

Items welcome include (new only and nothing breakable, such as glass):

+ Men’s and women’s toiletries

+ Torches

+ First aid kits

+ Helmets

+ Blankets

+ Duvets

+ Sleeping bags

+ Pillows

+ Food

+ Nappies

+ Toys

Donations of these items would be greatly appreciated.

In a heartfelt plea, Alla Stoica, from the Ukraine, and who has lived and worked in Carlisle for 14 years said: “Russia has launched a military invasion of Ukraine. It is a full scale war that is taking place in the heart of Europe, in 2022.  

“It’s the most tense, dangerous, and distressing time for all in Ukraine. Ukrainian cities, towns and villages are being destroyed. Streets are filled with rubble, bomb craters and twisted steel after heavy bombing and shelling. 

“Homes, schools, nurseries and hospitals have been damaged and destroyed. Millions of civilians are caught in the middle of an escalating war, and the casualties that include children are rising every day. 

“Many people are left without water, food, electricity, and phone connectivity, in conditions that are simply unimaginable.  

“We must do everything we can to help. Your donation will help to protect and provide lifesaving supplies to the most vulnerable, including children.”

Nigel Davidson from CUOSC said: “The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine is an absolute disaster. CUOSC have joined forces with the club and the local Polish and Ukrainian community to help with a bucket collection on Saturday afternoon, before kick-off.”

CUOSC board member Carol Wilson said: “It’s a cause very close to my heart as my father came from Ukraine, and whatever we can do to help now is really important.

“Carlisle United fans are always amazing when help is need for a deserving cause.”

Chief executive Nigel Clibbens said: “We hope our fans can help with donations for the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine right now.

“We are supporting local efforts like this and also via the EFL to support the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal through the British Red Cross. 

“We want to do what we can to help the people of Ukraine.”


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