In pictures: Extravagant fundraiser in Luton to support Ukraine


Sunday’s colorful event combined music, dance, food, arts and crafts and an interactive session giving people the chance to try activities ranging from tai chi and yoga to martial arts.

Younger visitors could enjoy activities ranging from making sunflowers – Ukraine’s national flower – to paper plates and face painting.

And of course there were delicious cakes to taste, prepared by members of Luton’s Ukrainian community.

One of the organizers, Frankie Prazer, said: “The event went very well. The volunteers were a mix of Poles, Ukrainians and English – it really was a community effort, everyone pitched in.

“It was a very busy day. Everyone had a great time and went home with a smile on their face.”

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Members of the community came forward to donate their time or equipment to the event – which was organized and held in just six weeks.

And VIPs including Bedfordshire Second Lieutenant Vinod Taylor and MP Rachel Hopkins attended the event.

Meanwhile, some amazing local talent took part in the event, including singer Olivia Lynn and Clayton Stevens, while Ukrainian singer Halyna Balaban came from London.

The event has raised £1,725 ​​so far – but more cash donations or items for people arriving from Ukraine are welcome.


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