Acts of humanity – Connected Communities to help Ukraine Appeal

Acts of humanity across surrounding parishes in Warwickshire has shown that in the face of adversity, there is always hope which can take many shapes.

Joanne Bourn-Piper, Parish Councillor in Mickleton, and her daughter Ellie-Mae Hall, a mother of two young children herself, were left feeling desperate to help, in whatever small way possible, the plight of refugee families fleeing from Ukraine.

A social media posting by Joanne and her daughter led to a surge of interest from so many across multiple parishes across Warwickshire of donations to be sent to Poland.  Before they knew it, Joanne and Ellie-Mae had so much donated they could not store it in their homes.

What was witnessed next was the power of a vision, passion and actions that led to over 400 boxes of donations packaged and transported for shipment to Poland.  Some of the actions required for this appeal to be the success it has been involved a local business, Attwell Farm offering to pay for the shipment, to Poland of the donations collected, Meon Vale Primary Academy offering to be the drop-off point and storage hub for donations from anyone wishing to support this appeal, an army of volunteers that came to the school to sort and pack the donations.

The site the school is built on was formerly owned by the Military of Defence. During WW2 it was a central facility for military operations.  It later became an MOD Central Engineers Depot.  The function of this Depot was to store resources for Army Engineers in a series of storage sheds and warehouses of varying sizes.

Pupils at Meon Vale Primary Academy also received a donation of £251 from a community interest group, One Thought Changes All, which helped to empower the pupils to think collaboratively about what they wanted to add to this shipment to Poland.

This project has galvanised many communities locally with a real sense of empathy for the refugee families affected and needing support that would have been unimaginable only a few weeks ago. It is important for our pupils to live by our core values of kindness and compassion, responsibility and respect through our actions. This was a wonderful project for Meon Vale Primary Academy to be part of and helped to develop so many connections across the community.