Stockport shoppers have shown their support to local Ukrainian refugees by donating over £2,700 worth of shopping vouchers to Merseyway’s #StandWithUkraine Giving Tree.
In collaboration with the Stockport Ukrainian Club, visitors were able to donate gift vouchers from local businesses by selecting a blue or yellow gift tag from a giant, white tree, with each tag providing the name of a store where gift vouchers were available for purchase.
Hundreds of local shoppers took part in the campaign, donating a variety of vouchers from different stores including Bambinos, Boots, Waterstones, JD Sports, Sterling Meats and Greggs, ranging from £5 – £114. Each voucher will be distributed to local refugees via the Stockport Ukrainian Club, helping to provide them with the necessities they need as they settle into life in the town.
Centre Manager, Victoria Nichol said: “Merseyway wanted to do something to show our support to all the families arriving in Stockport, but m
ost-importantly, provide them with the freedom of shopping for their own essentials in our town centre. It’s important that we make each person feel welcome in our town, and we’re overwhelmed with the level of participation in this community-led campaign. Once again, we’re deeply touched by the generosity of our shoppers, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part”.
Brand Chair at Stockport Ukrainian Club, Alexandra Poluzyn said: “On behalf of Stockport Ukrainian Club, I’d like to extend our gratitude and thanks to the people of Stockport. I can’t believe how generous each person has been. I’m positive every recipient will be incredibly grateful to receive each voucher.”