Staff at a Midland home security company have been so moved by the plight of the people in war-torn Ukraine that they have organised a huge charity effort in less than 24 hours.
Employees at On Call Group in Boldmere held a cake sale raising a staggering £265 which was and have also been busy collecting donations of baby clothes, toiletries, and other essentials.
These were taken to Poland by a team of local firemen who are coordinating a relief effort and distributing to refugees fleeing the Russian invasion and flooding neighbouring countries.
The On Call workers jumped into action after watching the horrifying events of the last week unfold on their tv screens and discovering that one of their colleagues, at their sister office in Wolverhampton, has family trapped in the Western Ukrainian town of Lutsk.
Anna Godwin Pylypczuk is frantically waiting for news on the welfare of her aunt and uncle and cousins who have been sheltering in underground bunkers since Monday when the town came under bombardment from Russian forces.
Anna said: “It is the most terrifying time knowing my family are living in fear and being unable to communicate with them properly.
“When my colleagues announced they were organising a raft of charity events for the Ukrainian Relief Fund and the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain I was absolutely overwhelmed.
“Just to know how everyone is supporting Ukraine is so heart-warming at what is the most dreadful time.”
On Call Group is the umbrella company for several home alarm companies and has offices in Gate Lane, Boldmere and Fallings Park, Wolverhampton.
Staff at the Wolverhampton office have also started fundraising sending £120 to the Disasters Emergency Committee in one day alone.
Sales manager Rob Allsopp, who co-ordinated the collection of essentials for refugees fleeing the war, said: “As a business we have all been shellshocked at what is happening in Ukraine. Having a team member who is directly affected has also brought it really close to home.
“Considering we only had a few hours to organise anything we are thrilled with the way everyone has responded so generously. It really does highlight how much this conflict is troubling everyone right now.”