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£79,349
raised of £75,000 target by 1724 supporters

    Weʼve raised £79,349 to PACKED WITH HOPE: AN URGENT CAMPAIGN FOR CHILDREN DISPLACED BY THE WAR IN UKRAINE.

    Dorset
    Funded on Monday, 11th April 2022

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    More than 4 million people have now fled the violence in Ukraine. Over the coming weeks, the United Nations estimate that as many as 5 million refugees will be forced across the borders into neighbouring Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova. Many of these will be children, who will experience terrible distress being separated from friends and family, their school and the community where they belong.

    With such terrible disruption to the familiar places, people and routine of their lives, we are hoping to offer just a little comfort and escape, especially as they try to settle for bedtime. Starting with storybooks, every one of the 10,000 backpacks will be filled with a selection of items that are both comforting and essential, such as head torches, notepads, colouring pencils, toothbrushes, puzzles, playing cards, activity books, bags of marbles, hot water bottles, socks, hats and scarfs, reusable drinking bottles, and many other much-needed things.

    From a warehouse in west Dorset (kindly loaned to us by The Poundbury Cancer Institute) groups of volunteers will be working around the clock sourcing, packing and distributing the backpacks overland through Europe to the Ukrainian border. Each of the 10,000 backpacks will be colour-coded, so they are easier to distribute on the ground: YELLOW (children aged 0-4), BLUE (ages 4-8 ) and GREEN (ages 8-12) and RED (ages 12-16 ).

    Our JustGiving campaign aims to raise £75,000 so we can purchase any items that aren’t donated and cover the costs of transporting and distributing 10,000 colourful backpacks filled with useful and lovely things.

    Thank you so much for supporting this urgent campaign.

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    • Gracie Cooper & Kevin Duffy2 months ago
      Gracie Cooper & Kevin Duffy

      Gracie Cooper & Kevin Duffy

      2 months ago

      We've done it everyone we have reached our £75,000 target. We are so grateful to all our support, THANK YOU. This page will keep running for one more week as donations we know about have time to go in and anything extra will go towards an extra lorry headed for the Polish border helping an incredible NGO called Children's Chernobyl Lifeline which is operating in a 250 square mile region. We have been donated 100,000 items of food to go via scooter into Ukraine and the extra money raised here will be spent on more essential supplies.

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    • Gracie Cooper & Kevin Duffy2 months ago
      Gracie Cooper & Kevin Duffy

      Gracie Cooper & Kevin Duffy

      2 months ago

      Our campaign has now been live for 3 weeks, it's going brilliantly. We have almost sourced everything for the backpacks more things than we ever thought possible from donations, supportive business & from your amazing contributions. We've done the number crunching & we really need every penny of this £75,000. So thank you to all 1515 of you ( as of eight thirty tonight) thats a lot of amazing people. We are so nearly there! https://www.thebookseller.com/news/clare-to-deliver-indie-publishers-ukraine-campaign-supplies-to-romanian-border

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    • Gracie Cooper & Kevin Duffy2 months ago
      Gracie Cooper & Kevin Duffy

      Gracie Cooper & Kevin Duffy

      2 months ago

      We are now over two weeks into campaign and so much has happened, we have a fully functioning warehouse & the first book deliveries have already arrived, we have over 50 volunteers signed up to help us pack. If you would like to sign up then please email: volunteer@packedwithhope.org We have been donated 10,000 hats, scarves, & toothbrush kits from British Airways! , over 50,000 books, 10,000 school children are writing hand made cards and filling pencil cases. Next week is our final push to source and start to purchase the other items

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    Page last updated on: 4/11/2022 18.00

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    1724

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 11, 2022

      What an amazing initiative… just saw you on the news

      £20.00

    • Coombes Family

      Coombes Family

      Apr 11, 2022

      What a wonderful idea and another beacon of hope

      £20.00

    • Louise

      Louise

      Apr 10, 2022

      £20.00

    • From the Nishida Family, Florida, USA

      From the Nishida Family, Florida, USA

      Apr 9, 2022

      £30.00

    • Jennifer Martin

      Jennifer Martin

      Apr 9, 2022

      Love wins #SlavaUkraini

    • Jessica

      Jessica

      Apr 9, 2022

      I'm so impressed by your clips on Twitter and so moved by what you are doing. Here's another hundred squid to help with the production line.

      £100.00

    • Vicki Conran

      Vicki Conran

      Apr 9, 2022

      Brilliant work.

      £100.00

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    Gracie Cooper & Kevin Duffy

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    Gracie is the owner of Little Toller Books in Dorset & bookseller, mum of two. Kevin is the owner of Blue Moose Books.He has grown up children.

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