Lincoln City have shown their solidarity with citizens of Ukraine by donating items to those affected by the Russian invasion.
With help from retired RAF Scampton pilot Terry Rumble, who drove to a Ukrainian school which had been bombed, City donated funding for one of eight ovens which will now help feed more than 1,300 children.
Terry said: “I’m pleased to confirm that myself and others went into Ukraine with two van loads of aid, including eight ovens, flour, yeast and lots of other medical and food aid.
“With the help of our contact in Uzzhorod, we delivered the ovens directly to the school which originally was catering for 200 children for just lunchtime meals but was sadly now home for more than 1,300 children, most of them orphans, and catering for three meals a day.
“That night, all the ovens were wired in and were soon up and running, and the next morning I was sent photos showing the bread that had been made through the night!”
One thing that stood out to Terry was the gratefulness of the Ukrainians who were thankful for the kindness shown by the club.
He added: “We met the principal of the school who just broke down in tears, he was so overwhelmed by the generosity of the British people.
“The whole trip was beyond humbling and shocking in many ways. Meeting genuine refugees, a mother with two toddlers and her whole life in a carrier bag, was truly heart-breaking, but we were assured by our contacts and hosts at every stage of our visit, that our help and donations were making a huge difference to the people of Ukraine and literally saving lives.
“So from everyone in Ukraine, and from myself, I send you and all at Lincoln City FC my most sincere thanks for your generosity and kindness. Thank you.”