26th Jun, 2022

Lord Mayor's Show concert at Coventry's Albany Theatre raises £2,500 for British-Ukrainian Aid

A CONCERT at Coventry’s Albany Theatre has raised £2,500 for British-Ukrainian Aid, a charity which supports people suffering from the war and humanitarian crisis caused by the conflict.

‘The Lord Mayor’s Show – Concert for Ukraine’ took place on April 11 and featured performing groups from the many different communities in the city.

Performers also included the Ukrainian Verkhovjna Male Voice Choir, a group of Ukrainian dancers and performers from the Polish community.

The concert was the brainchild of Lord Mayor Coun John McNicholas who said: ““The event is so typical of our city – people coming together and using their skills to help others in need and work for peace.

“As the proud city of peace and reconciliation, Coventry has repeatedly condemned this terrible war being waged by the Kremlin and the Russian government. The people of Coventry have shown once again that they can make a difference for many who have seen their lives torn apart and changed forever.”

David Meredith, Chair of the Albany Theatre Trust, added: “The Albany team is proud to have supported this important event.

“Our vision is to ‘promote wellbeing through Arts for Life’ and that takes on a very poignant meaning and emphasises the important role The Albany can play in the lives of members of our all our communities.”

Some of the cash was raised through a raffle of exclusive digital art prints of art gallery standard, specially drawn depicting the theme of ‘peace for Ukraine’, presented by the local artist Jiggles.

Peter Lucza, vice chair and treasurer of the Association of Ukrainians in GB (AUGB) Coventry branch, received the cheque.

He said: “On behalf of the ‘Ukrainian community at large’ I am very grateful for the wonderful amount raised and donated to help Ukraine in these troubled times.

“The commitment of the Lord Mayor and the Albany’s team, especially Vicky Basterfield, sends a strong message of support to the many people who are so badly affected by the events in my country.”

Dr Tetyana Vovnyanko, Trustee and Managing Director of British-Ukrainian Aid, said: “We appreciate your support for Ukraine and those affected by the current war and humanitarian crisis.

“Thanks to your donation we can provide medical and humanitarian aid for the wounded, stranded and displaced people in Ukraine, and it will help save their lives.”

Visit british-ukrainianaid.org for more on the British-Ukrainian Aid charity.

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