Corinium Radio’s Malcolm hosts Ukrainian fundraising appeal

A Corinium Radio volunteer has raised nearly £2,000 for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to show his support for Ukraine in light of Russia’s invasion.

Malcolm Lewis, who presents the station’s Limelight programme, was inspired to do something after seeing a story on television about a Stratton man who was arranging for his future wife and three stepchildren to come to the UK from the war-torn country.

With the help of friends Lynn and Kate, he launched a campaign to sell lapel ribbons in the Ukrainian national colours in and around Cirencester, with donations for the products being allocated to the DEC.

The ribbons, which are made by members of the Cirencester U3A, are being offered in a number of local outlets, including St. John Baptist Church, the Corinium Museum and Cirencester Town Council.

Malcolm now intends to hold a fundraising auction with miniature versions of hares from the Cotswold Hare Trail (photo: Malcolm Lewis)

Reflecting on the early stage of the campaign, Malcolm said: “I put 20 ribbons out [at The Probus Club of Cirencester] and I was quite staggered — I got £120.

“People were putting fivers in, and £10 [each].

“That really started the ball rolling.”

Malcolm is now planning to hold a fundraising auction with smaller versions of hares from the Cotswold Hare Trail (donated by former festival director Florence Beetlestone), with products decorated by the children who were the subjects of the story which inspired his campaign.


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