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‘We’ve been overwhelmed’: Skegness Cafe’s second day of appeal for Ukrainian families fleeing conflict is canceled after ‘massive response’


So much so that the scheduled second day of a call hosted by the Seafood Cafe was cancelled, with five van loads collected in the first three hours.

Streams of cars began arriving along Grand Parade nearly an hour early this morning (Saturday), to the surprise of more than 11 volunteers who had gone to sort through donations.

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Dave Charles, the owner of the Grand Parade cafe, said vehicles had been queuing along the seafront all morning.

Freya Lyons, 14, and Belle Nicholls, 10, fill a van with donations during the roll call at the Seafood Cafe in Skegness.

“We were overwhelmed,” he said. “The intention was to start collections at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m., but people started arriving at 9:15 a.m.

“We expected that over the two-day period it would be great if we could reach close to two vans full of donations.

“To our amazement, within three hours, we received donations for the equivalent of five vans.

“That being the case, and knowing what the collection point we deliver to on Monday can handle, we are not taking any further donations at this time, so please do not bring any to the cafe tomorrow (Sunday).”

Belle Nicholls, 10, and Freya Lyons, 14, with volunteers on roll call at the Seafood Cafe in Skegness.

Viewers also found the efforts of the volunteers and the local response emotional.

Charlotte Parker said: “The number of cars that pulled up when we dropped off some pieces this morning was absolutely fantastic.

“I choked up and had tears – what a fantastic community we have.”

Helen Roe commented: “So happy to be able to donate earlier today and proud of the people of Skegness who have supported such a worthy cause.”

Town crier Dave Summers came to see how the call was going, pictured with Freya Lyon.

Sue Nelson sat watching as she had coffee. She said: “Well done everyone. Skegness was amazing. After our donations we had coffee and sat and watched the cars arrive.”

Collections are also taking place in other parts of the Skegness region as tens of thousands of Ukrainians, as well as foreigners fleeing the conflict with Russia, arrive in Poland and neighboring countries with few possessions.

Vital supplies from Lincolnshire are being transported by truck to camps in Poland and across the border, despite the intensifying war.

Last week, Dave and some of the volunteers went to a collection point in Boston next to the TK Maxx to check on the distribution of local efforts.

Two car loads were transported by Sarah Ringsell from Wainfleet residents to a drop off point at the Jollyes Pet Shop in Skegness.

“This war is so heartbreaking that a lot of people want to do something to help but don’t know how,” he said. “We wanted to do something in Skegness, but we had to make sure that any donations we received would reach the families who desperately needed them.

“When we went to see the operation of a center in Boston on Tuesday, we were delighted to see that of the 10 volunteers there, apart from a Polish lady, everyone was British.

“It’s wonderful to see so many people from different cultures coming together to do something to help.”

Vans loaded with donations will be taken to the Boston collection point on Monday.

“The shipping company that transports the goods to Poland and Ukraine told us that the donations will arrive at their destination before the end of next week.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who gave and offered their support and to the volunteers who came out to help.”

Volunteers sort through donations at the Seafood Cafe in Skegness.

Collections are continuing at other locations in the Skegness area, including the Jollyes pet shop on Quora Retail Park in Burgh Road. .

Sarah Ringsell accepts items at 62 High Street in Wainfleet daily from 7am to 7pm and brings them to Jollyes. who take loads of vans to a truck depot to be transported to Ukraine.

This morning Sarah said: “I just dropped off the second batch at Jollyes Pet Shop[[[[

“They do an amazing job. The staff and I have also put £20 each into a fund to do a great store at Aldi which is lovely.”

Items taken include:

Bandages; plasters; first aid kits; baby formula; layers; wipes; diaper cream; roll of toilet paper; calpol; paracetamol; toothbrushes; toothpaste; sanitary articles for ladies; deodorant; shampoo; baby food jars; preserves; dried food; feeding bottles; small children’s toys and activities (new or nearly new – coloring books, coloring pens, soft toys, soccer balls; towels; protein bars; pet food; blankets; batteries; sleeping bags; water bottles; insulated mugs; tea bags; coffee; disposable cutlery, plates and cups, puzzles, soap;

Skegness Coun Mayor Trevor Burnham came to see the progress at the Seafood Cafe in Skegness.
Donations started arriving at the Seafood Cafe in Skegness an hour earlier than expected.