Bosbury Pulls Together to Help Ukraine
Bosbury School was delighted to have such a remarkable response to the appeal organized and launched by Friends of Bosbury School (FOBS) just after half term for donations of essential items needed to help support the people of Ukraine during the terrible events which are unfolding unfolding there.
What started off as a number of kind donations in the collecting buckets positioned at the front of school at the start of the week soon grew at an incredible exponential rate in a matter of days, as kind-hearted pupils, parents, families, staff, neighbours, villagers and other members of the public who read about the appeal on social media flooded in to donate all of the essential goods and items needed to help the millions of people affected by this terrible tragedy, including baby products, sanitary items and toiletries, dry tinned foods, socks, gloves, hats, the all-important first aid supplies and of course, not forgetting the poor pets of these refugees in desperate need of food and blankets.
So immense and impressive was the burgeoning collection that, by the end of the week, a mountain of cardboard boxes had to be brought along in order for our amazing FOBS volunteers to box all the donations up into each type of item. What an extraordinary pile they had by the end of the day on Friday, all freely given by the many generous members of both our school family and the local community.
The goods were then loaded into three vans, ready to be driven all the way to the Polish border by Mrs. Wilesmith's step-dad, uncle and three of their friends. They will drive through France and Germany, before stopping in Warsaw in Poland to deliver the maternity supplies donated to the local hospitals. They will then drive to the distribution centre on the border with Ukraine to deliver the food, clothing, toiletries and first aid supplies.
You can check the map on the left to see how long this journey will take. Warsaw is around 1,150 miles by van from Bosbury, which is probably around eighteen to twenty hours of driving! Luckily, a superb £235 was also raised to help pay for the fuel in order to get there!
We wish them all a safe journey, and we look forward hugely to the photos which they are going to take for our pupils along the way so we can follow their epic trip in aid of such a vitally important cause during these troubled times.
A huge, HUGE thank you to FOBS co-chairpersons Mrs. Boswell and Mrs. Goodwin for all of their hard work in organizing the appeal and collection, to Mr. and Mrs. Hibberd, Mrs. Waters and Mrs. Kaye (that's Ned and Billy's mum - not our very lovely former school secretary whom we all miss dearly as she enjoys her well-earned retirement!) for providing invaluable help in order to get the whole collection boxed up, to Mrs. Wilesmith for co-ordinating the transport of the goods, and of course to our five brilliant couriers for volunteering to make the long journey across the continent.
The school also held a special Ukraine Day recently, where pupils were invited to attend school dressed in the lovely blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag. There were also lots of the country's national flower the daffodil, and the pupils even went out on a silent reflective walk, with the dreary weather that day giving our pupils a really good impression of the kinds of challenging conditions which refugee children just like them were having to face at the moment.
A walk in silence to respect, think about and reflect on the refugee children leaving Ukraine. Make a donation https://t.co/gCO4JqQSho #Refugees #IStandWithUkraineï¸ÂÂÂÂ #DisastersEmergencyCommittee pic.twitter.com/LrwqBXsgJX— Bosbury Primary (@BosburyPrimary) March 16, 2022
The day then finished with a lovely concert at Bosbury Holy Trinity Church, where the children learned a lot about the organ from Roger, ex-Professor of Music at Oxford University. A HUGE thank you to our superb church team, including school governor Suanna (who has had a particularly busy week helping to judge the many superb entries submitted for our science week competition on life cycles - winners will be announced soon!) and music teacher Esther Kaye for providing such a memorable event for our pupils at at time of such great reflection.
THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS BOSBURY - what a truly marvellous team effort in order to help the victims of an awful set of circumstances which have touched us all.