Durham independent jewellery shop makes Christmas for Ukrainian orphans

Moon Jewellers has lifted 1000’s for Ukraine because the war commenced. (Image: Picture: THE NORTHERN ECHO)

An independent jeweller in Durham City has collected hundreds of gifts for orphans in Ukraine, assisting to brighten children’s first Christmas right after the conflict began.

Moon, operate by Jo Soulsby, a Polish ex-pat, collected hundreds of donations from the Durham community, with consumers, companies, educational facilities, close friends and fellow mums all chipping in. Past 7 days, 160 shoeboxes crammed with toys and food have been sent to the orphanages in Velykyi Liubin, Jasen and Zhuravno, forward of Orthodox Christmas (January 7).

This is just the most current in Moon’s fundraising endeavours when the war commenced, the impartial jeweller sent a lorry of humanitarian assist to Poland to assistance the state as it dealt with the influx of Ukrainian refugees.

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The Northern Echo: Jo Soulsby travelled to Ukraine to provide aid this summer.

The Northern Echo: Jo Soulsby travelled to Ukraine to provide assist this summer season.

Jo Soulsby travelled to Ukraine to provide assist this summer months. (Image: Jo Soulsby)

When the circumstance stabilized, Jo, along with volunteers from the Polish charity Mocna Fundacja, went to Ukraine over the summertime to produce necessities to orphanages in the region.

About her experience in July, Jo reported: “I visited orphaned little ones and learnt about their awful residing circumstances, absence of basics to cater for disabilities, and the fact of dwelling in a warzone. The small children didn’t have anything.”

In the western cities of Ukraine, there are many Ukrainian kids with out moms and dads, as small children have fled from places of intense battling. This ingress overstretched orphanages’ now skinny resources – leaving them with out supplies to appear immediately after young children, some of whom ended up in a “awful” ailment, both equally mentally and bodily.

The Northern Echo: 160 boxes of gifts were delivered to children in Ukrainian orphanages.

The Northern Echo: 160 boxes of items were delivered to small children in Ukrainian orphanages.

160 packing containers of gifts were delivered to kids in Ukrainian orphanages. (Impression: Jo Soulsby)

Jo additional: “Just after my return, I felt even a lot more identified to make a transform. We understood Christmas was heading to be incredibly complicated, and for a large amount of youngsters, this would be their initially Xmas without the need of their dad and mom.

“But our community has proven this sort of integrity by serving to these much less fortunate. It was so heartwarming,  and it made our Xmas very specific.”

Somewhat than Santa with a sleigh, it was a few volunteers from the Polish charity Mocna Fundacja that ensured that young children in orphanages could celebrate Xmas.

The Northern Echo: Orphanages in Ukraine are stretched to their limit, after children have been moved towards regions with less conflict.

The Northern Echo: Orphanages in Ukraine are stretched to their restrict, following youngsters have been moved to locations with considerably less conflict.

Orphanages in Ukraine are stretched to their limit, after youngsters have been moved to areas with significantly less conflict. (Image: Jo Soulsby)

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With a truckload of Christmas presents and meals obtained by Durham communities and gathered by Jo, Marek Mocny and Bartek Prychodko Katerina Suchocka embarked on a perilous journey.

Jo said: “They were being sending experiences through their journey they knowledgeable regular air raid sirens, and the electric power was continuously going off, but the joy and pleasure of the kids built it all worthwhile. For 1 instant, all the small children forgot that war was all close to them.”

“On behalf of the little ones, we would like to thank absolutely everyone who supported them. We will proceed with attempts to make these harmless kid’s lives superior. If you would like to help, please make contact with us directly: [email protected], or check out our shop in Durham Metropolis.”

The Northern Echo: Mia and Isla Reynolds with their box for Switlana.

The Northern Echo: Mia and Isla Reynolds with their box for Switlana.

Mia and Isla Reynolds with their box for Switlana. (Graphic: Jo Soulsby)

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