Skate for Ukraine at Sapphire Center in Romford raises £5,000

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Published:
09:42 26 May 2022



Update:
09:57 26 May 2022

A 10-year-old refugee from Ukraine joined around 100 youngsters on the Romford ice rink to raise thousands of pounds to help those affected by war in Europe.

The Skate for Ukraine event at the Sapphire Ice and Leisure Center on May 21 saw a disco, sponsored skate, figure skating competition, raffle and raffle to raise £5,000 for Poland Welcomes.


Lee Valley Skate Club at the Skate for Ukraine event
– Credit: Sandra Rowse

This charity organization was created by Kamil Prusinowski and Patrycjusz Gawel at the beginning of the Russian invasion and helped more than 500 Ukrainians in three months.

Communications director Neil Midgley said the idea came to him because he was learning to skate with Maggie Barrow at center.

He said it went “very well”: “A big thank you from the association because when you’re in Poland you feel like you’re working against all odds and when people connect with us internationally and raise funds for us, it helps show volunteers in Poland and our Ukrainian refugees that people in other countries care about them.

“It’s not just the money, it’s the sense of community.”

Oleksii Pluita, a 10-year-old aspiring skater who fled Ukraine, joined the event and competed in the Hop, Skip and Jump figure skating competition.


Oleksii Pluita at the Romford Skate for Ukraine event

Oleksii Pluita, a refugee from Ukraine, performed for the event
– Credit: Sandra Rowse

Neil said the center gives the youngster time off on the ice to practice his skills.

To learn more about Poland Welcomes, visit www.polandwelcomes.org or donate at www.gofundme.com/f/skateforukraine


Lee Valley Skate Club at the Skate for Ukraine event in Romford

Lee Valley Skate Club at Skate for Ukraine event
– Credit: Sandra Rowse


MARIA ZENCHENKO 14POLINA VASYLYEVA 14

Maria Zenchenko and Polina Vasylyeva, both 14 years old
– Credit: Sandra Rowse


Polina Gelun, 11, and Oleksii Pluita, 10 at the Romford Skate for Ukraine event

Polina Gelun, 11, and Oleksii Pluita, 10
– Credit: Sandra Rowse


Maria Zenchenko at the Romford Skate for Ukraine event

Maria Zentchenko, 14 years old
– Credit: Sandra Rowse


Polina Vasylyeva at the Romford Skate for Ukraine event

Polina Vasiliev, 14 years old
– Credit: Sandra Rowse


Winners of the Hop, Sip and Jump figure skating competition at the Romford Skate for Ukraine event

Hop, Skip and Jump Figure Skating Competition Winners
– Credit: Sandra Rowse


Maria Zenchenko, Polina Vasylyeva, Polina Gelun and Oleksii Pluita at Romford's Skate for Ukraine event

Maria Zentchenko, 14; Polina Vasylev, 14; Polina Gelun, 11; and Oleksii Pluita, 10
– Credit: Sandra Rowse


Oleksii Pluita with his trainer John Wicker at the Romford Skate for Ukraine event

Oleksii with his trainer John Wicker
– Credit: Sandra Rowse


Louis Gregory and Tallulah Bower at Romford's Skate for Ukraine event

Louis Gregory, 16, and Tallulah Bowers, 15
– Credit: Sandra Rowse


The Skate for Ukraine event took place in Romford at the Sapphire Ice and Leisure Center

The Skate for Ukraine event took place in Romford
– Credit: Sandra Rowse

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