Staff at R.E.A.L. have jumped straight in with ideas to help raise money to support the people of Ukraine.

Claire Bishop, Deputy Headteacher of R.E.A.L. Ilkeston, kick-started the fundraising project in Ilkeston; Claire said: “As a school we would like to support the families of Ukraine who’re going through this difficult time.”

Collections for donations of toiletries, tinned foods etc are in place, as well as organising a book raffle and bingo event as a way to raise money. Claire said: “All proceeds will be split between the Ukrainian centre and specific Canine Rescue centres of Poland and Serbia”

Ilze Ziverte, Specialist Teaching Assistant at R.E.A.L., is also doing her bit to help raise money for The British Red Cross appeal for Ukraine.

Ilze runs the craft group at Woodhouse Road, Mansfield and is asking for help to crochet blue and yellow flowers to sell to raise funds. Please email Ilze for further details.

You can help this worthwhile cause by donating any spare blue and yellow wool – it would be very gratefully received at any of our learning hubs across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire or Leicestershire.