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Ukrainian group in Bolton receives large sum of money to help war-torn community

A Ukrainian group in Bolton has received a check for £2,750 to help the Ukrainian community in Bolton as well as the Ukrainian community.

The Bolton branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Britain received the sum of money from proceeds raised at a charity fundraising dinner at Bolton College.

AUGB Bolton Branch President Yaroslaw Tymchyshyn, Slobodian guests Anya and Maksym were invited to Bolton College today to pick up their check and Yaroslaw said it was wonderful that people wanted to help the ‘Ukraine.

He said: “Today Bolton College Principal Bill Webster presented us with a check for £2,750.

“It was the result of a charity dinner that took place last month at the college.

“The college has raised a total of £4,500 with the rest of the money going to the Red Cross DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

“It’s fantastic, it’s absolutely wonderful because it gives us more ability to help Ukrainians in this country and in Ukraine, which is inevitably the reason for our fundraising goals.

“I was contacted by Bill’s office to attend the dinner and the college decided to split whatever was raised between the two.

“It was a surprise for me, I didn’t know it until I got the invitation and they gave me the opportunity at the end to have the last word and see the number of people in the room, it was an honor to be invited, not only to the event, but also to say a few words at the end.

“This money will be put to good use as it is desperately needed, although the fighting has started to wane there is still a risk of rockets coming in, no one is safe.”

Not only did the Bolton group gather to receive their check, they gathered on the steps of City Hall over the weekend to commemorate 150 days since the start of the war in Ukraine.

Bolton’s Ukrainian community and friends including Bolton Mayor Akhtar Zaman in his civies, MP Mark Logan, guests from Ukraine living in Bolton and many of Bolton’s councilors gathered on the steps of the Town Hall on Saturday, July 23.

The weather was miserable, but according to Yaroslaw Tymchyshyn, president of the Bolton branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Britain, the weather did not dampen the spirits of all those present.

At the town hall, the guests sang the Ukrainian national anthem and they also sang many well-known Ukrainian songs.

Yaroslaw addressed the meeting quoting Olena Zelenska’s speech to the United States Congress.

He said: “Russia is killing Ukraine.

“I ask for weapons – not weapons that will attack a foreign land, but that will defend our homeland, a land we can wake up in peace.”

The meeting concluded with the chanting of “Eternal Peace” in memory of Ukrainian heroes and heroines who died in this war-torn country.

The following day, Sunday July 24, there was a special mass and memorial service at St Patrick’s RC Church where residents and Ukrainians came together to commemorate and remember the lives lost.

The Bolton branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Britain is also appealing for people to donate KS2 English workbooks for children in grades four and five to help with their learning books and coloring.

Yaroslaw said, “Books are for children.

“I got a message from someone in Bolton council saying there are kids out there who would like to spend the summer perfecting their English and that’s why they need the books.”