Ukrainian restaurant in Twickenham sending trucks full of donations every 2 hours as volunteers work 12 hours a day

Ukrainian restaurant in Twickenham sending trucks full of donations every 2 hours as volunteers work 12 hours a day

A Ukrainian restaurant in South West London has become so inundated with donations that delivery trucks have started collecting supplies “three to four times a day”. Twickenham café and restaurant Prosperity started accepting donations for Ukraine weeks ago and has since turned into a full time collection point from which minivans and trucks leave “completely full” of supplies “every two hours”.

Co-ordinator and loyal customer Alina Lutf told MyLondon: “The community is doing amazing work, it’s really overwhelming and we’re very grateful. The restaurant didn’t expect anything. One day my family and I brought in a couple of boxes.”

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She added: “The news spread through word of mouth and that’s how it all started. Now neighbours from all backgrounds and cultures come here and spend the whole day packing, sorting, and moving boxes around. It’s just fantastic.”

The family-run business has so far sent eight trucks full of donations to both Ukraine and Poland. The café updates its list of needed items regularly and advises people to look on their social media before bringing items in.

Currently, the owners are in desperate need of funds to finance the delivery trucks, which cost £1,500 to rent on top of fuel and driver fees.

Volunteers at the Prosperity cafe and restaurant in Twickenham

Alina, who is local to Twickenham but is originally from Ukraine, said that the collection point has become so busy, she was unable to continue working as a ballet teacher whilst volunteering.

“We spend 12 hours here and we all have families and jobs,” she said. “I don’t have time to work anymore. I tried to do both but I couldn’t, I’ve had to take 10 days off now because I’m here from 9am till 9pm.”

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Regular volunteer Sue Seery told MyLondon up to 15 volunteers help out with the mountains of donations at a time.

She said: “I’m doing this to help out as much as I can because, with everything that’s going on, it’s very frustrating that we can’t do more. It’s needed. Everyday on the TV the situation just gets worse and worse

“Amazingly, the donations come non stop. The boxes are piled sky high all the way along the restaurant so the vans come three or four times a day.”

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Recently the restaurant even received a visit from the Mayor of Richmond. A popular street in Twickenham for restaurants and cafes has also been decorated with Ukrainian flags.

Roman Kosynsky, 29, who runs the restaurant alongside his parents, previously told MyLondon : “It is amazing and has brought tears to our eyes. With everything that’s happening, it gives us motivation and brings a little smile to our faces. Thank you.”

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