'It's truly phenomenal' - over £125,000 in donations raised by villagers for Ukraine

Burwell Ukraine Lifeline fundraiser

Over £125,000 in donations has been raised by villagers in Burwell for the Ukraine Lifeline group, on top of a separate fundraiser. - Credit: Regina Ray Photography/Olena Voienna

Over £125,000 in donations has now been raised by villagers as they continue to work hard in their efforts to help Ukraine. 

More than 52 raffle prizes, food and live entertainment were on offer at a fundraiser in Burwell, which raised £2,666 for the Ukraine Lifeline group

Elene Costi was one person who had helped organise the event at The Fox pub on May 28, which took “several weeks of planning. 

“We have raised a staggering £2,092.50 in our raffle sales alone and a further £574.35 in our cake and food sales!” she said. 

From meat vouchers to photography packages, many prizes were donated for the event. 

Burwell Ukraine Lifeline fundraiser

Over £125,000 in donations has been raised by villagers in Burwell for the Ukraine Lifeline group, on top of a separate fundraiser. - Credit: Regina Ray Photography

Burwell Ukraine Lifeline fundraiser

Over £125,000 in donations has been raised by villagers in Burwell for the Ukraine Lifeline group, on top of a separate fundraiser. - Credit: Regina Ray Photography

There was also a live performance from 16-year-old Sofia Voienna, who left Berdyansk, eastern Ukraine for the UK with her mother Olena. 

Elene said Burwell volunteers, with help from Ivan Stiff, chairman of Burwell Community Sports Centre, have now raised over £125,000 in donations for Ukraine Lifeline,  which she described as “truly phenomenal. 

Burwell Ukraine Lifeline volunteer Elene Costi

Elene Costi (left), pictured with her daughter, has been helping the Ukraine Lifeline group. - Credit: Regina Ray Photography

Burwell Ukraine Lifeline fundraiser

Over £125,000 in donations has been raised by villagers in Burwell for the Ukraine Lifeline group, on top of a separate fundraiser. - Credit: Regina Ray Photography

“I am extremely proud of everything we have achieved to date and cannot begin to thank everyone for their continued generosity and support.” 

Elene would also like to thank Manchetts Burwell Ltd for donating a £100 cash prize and everyone who helped with the raffle.

Ukrainian refugee Sofia Voienna at Burwell fundraiser

Sofia Voienna, who left her native Ukraine for the UK with mother Olena, singing at the Ukraine Lifeline fundraiser in Burwell. - Credit: Olena Voienna

Burwell Ukraine Lifeline fundraiser

Over £125,000 in donations has been raised by villagers in Burwell for the Ukraine Lifeline group, on top of a separate fundraiser. - Credit: Elene Costi

Burwell Ukraine Lifeline fundraiser

Over £125,000 in donations has been raised by villagers in Burwell for the Ukraine Lifeline group, on top of a separate fundraiser. - Credit: Elene Costi

Burwell Ukraine Lifeline fundraiser

Over £125,000 in donations has been raised by villagers in Burwell for the Ukraine Lifeline group, on top of a separate fundraiser. - Credit: Fern Hume

Burwell Ukraine Lifeline fundraiser

Over £125,000 in donations has been raised by villagers in Burwell for the Ukraine Lifeline group, on top of a separate fundraiser. - Credit: Regina Ray Photography