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Gordon Arms - Community Donation Hub

Article produced by Bedford Independent.

As the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine intensifies, a pub in Bedford has become a community donation hub after a local resident got in touch to ask for their help.

Ian Holoweckyj, whose father and wife are Ukrainian, reached out to the staff at the Gordon Arms on Castle Road after he said he felt he needed to do something “to fight this atrocity”.

Manager Alex Lawrence and assistant manager, Danny Hicks immediately agreed to offer Ian space in the Gordon Arm’s Ent Shed and as word spread, more and more donations of essential items have been flooding in from generous locals.

“There has been an unprecedented reaction from the community,” said Ian, whose family members live around 200 miles west of Kyiv.

“This has been borne out of crying at the television news for five days and wanting to do something to help.