After the Second World War a large number of people came to Britain from Ukraine seeking sanctuary.
A large number came to live and work in Halifax and throughout West Yorkshire. Now many second and third generation descendants of those original refugees are proudly supporting Saving Ukraine 2022. Most still have relatives living in the war torn country so for them the horror of what is happening is especially painful.
Our appeal began when the daughter of one of them opened her house in Halifax the week after the war began and was overwhelmed at the generosity of the people of Calderdale and further afield.
Within two days enough was donated, collected, sorted and packed to fill a huge articulated lorry. Their achievement was highlighted on Channel 5’s programme Ukraine How You Can Help when Yorkshire singer and television personality Jane MacDonald came to the house to send that first wagon on its way. It was to be the first of many.
As the donations grew and thanks to the staggering support and generosity of the Hall family, an entire floor of Europe’s largest industrial mill Dean Clough in the heart of Halifax became a thriving hub for our team of volunteers, which has now swelled to more than 200.