Cambridge United partners with local business to help Ukraine

Cambridge United have asked their fans to donate supplies to a local business working to help Ukrainians displaced by the Russian invasion.

A&R Haulage, based in Risby, near Bury St Edmunds, has launched a campaign to get as much help as possible for refugees from the war in Ukraine, Suffolk Live reported.

Cambridge United have asked people to bring essential medicines, clothing, toys, toiletries, hygiene products, bedding and non-perishable food items to Abbey Stadium today (March 5).

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A&R Group Director Roger Arnold who lives in Cambourne, along with other A&R staff and Cambridge United representatives, collected goods from the public ahead of the game against Shrewsbury Town.



Roger Arnold of Cambourne collects donations from a member of the public at Abbey Stadium

A&R Haulage, which offers European logistics services, is looking for all kinds of items to help desperately those who have seen their lives turned upside down by the conflict.

Roly Hollings, chief executive of the A&R group, says it was an easy decision to arrange the call.

He said, “Who wouldn’t do something like that for a nation that’s been besieged by another country?”

“We started with the idea of ​​providing free secure parking for Ukrainian drivers who needed to get back to their families, then we thought ‘we need to go further’.

“We thought ‘we have the facilities, the experience and the connections to do this, so let’s do this’.”

At present, Mr. Hollings estimates that he has enough items to fill two 44-tonne articulated trailers.

The items are likely to begin their journey to Eastern Europe “at the end of next week”.

Anyone wishing to donate items should contact Mr Hollings on 07436306679 or visit the A&R Depot at Unit 70, Symonds Farm Business Park, Risby IP28 6RE

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