Preston North End fans donated items during a match with Bournemouth on Saturday to help Ukrainian refugees facing war with Russia.Advertisement
On Saturday 5 March, the same day as the match against AFC Bournemouth, Preston North End tweeted a photo of a room filled with donated items and thanked fans for their contributions.
The club will take the items to the International Aid Trust for distribution as emergency relief to the nearly 1.5 million displaced Ukrainians fleeing conflict with Russia.
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In the tweet, PNE said: “A huge thank you to all those who donated items at today’s game.”
On its official website, PNE said the club was ‘shocked and saddened ‘by the ‘devastating events’ that have unfolded in Eastern Europe.
They said: “Preston North End will be showing solidarity with the people of Ukraine and all those affected by the ongoing conflict.
“In times of adversity, football stands together.”
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Ahead of kick-off, the stadium stood in support of Ukraine, and the club displayed the ‘Football Stands Together’ message on the screen and pitchside LED at Deepdale.
There were also bucket collections around the stadium for those able to donate to the club’s Ukraine crisis appeal.
Any further donations must arrive by midnight on Wednesday 9 March, with all funds provided to the British Red Cross’ Ukraine Crisis Appeal.
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The club is also working with Chorley-based charity International Aid Trust to collect donations from the public.
At the Saturday fixture, the club received bedding, clothing, sleeping bags, footwear, cooking pots, toiletries and dried food – at the PNECET gazebo in the Fan Zone.
From Thursday, the club will light up in the stadium in blue and yellow to show support.
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PNE said: “We hope our supporters can join us as we stand together with both the football and wider community.”
For more information on the appeal, visit – https://qr2donate.com/PNEUkraineAppeal
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