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As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its fifth week, fundraising efforts to support people in the war-torn country have continued.

Penny Lindop, a Garboldisham-based painter, has raised more than £1,500 after selling pictures of tulips, which were inspired by the ongoing conflict.

“When the invasion started, I needed to paint something, and tulips came out,” said Mrs Lindop. “I needed to do something a bit uplifting.”

Penny Lindop has painted tulips to raise money for people fleeing Ukraine. Picture: Gary Donnison (55704549)
Penny Lindop has painted tulips to raise money for people fleeing Ukraine. Picture: Gary Donnison (55704549)

Mrs Lindop had drawn one larger piece, which was raffled off at The Fox Inn pub, in Garboldisham, raising £625, and several smaller pieces, which are being sold at £10-a-piece at the The Octagon, in Diss.

The money raised will be going to a Czech-based organisation, which will be matching the figure and giving the money to the British Red Cross.

“People have been really generous, some paying £20, £30 or even £40,” she added.

Pictured from left: Diss Town Clerk, Sarah Richards, Diss Waveney Rotary Club President Elaine Bootman, Diss and District Rotary Club secretary Richard Pither and Diss Town Mayor Eric Taylor. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.
Pictured from left: Diss Town Clerk, Sarah Richards, Diss Waveney Rotary Club President Elaine Bootman, Diss and District Rotary Club secretary Richard Pither and Diss Town Mayor Eric Taylor. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2022.

“I hope that when people see these pictures on their wall, it brings them back to this time, but it brings them back with a feeling of hope.”

Elsewhere, members of Diss Town Council congratulated the two Diss-based rotary clubs for their fundraising efforts – after they raised more than £10,000 by collecting donations from passers-by in the town.

Earlier this month, Diss and District Rotary Club and Diss Waveney Rotary Club partnered together to hold collections along Mere Street, which will go towards refugee programmes in Moldova and Poland.

Diss mayor Eric Taylor said: “These outstanding results are testimony to the generosity of the Diss community.”

The clubs have not stopped there, either; a further £539 was collected on Saturday at a collection in Debenham, Stradbroke, Fressingfield and Laxfield, and further collections are planned for today and tomorrow.

Keith Kiddie, district councillor for Diss and Roydon, also offered his support, collecting almost a dozen generators, which have now made their way to Ukraine, from people across the Diss Express area.

Cllr Kiddie said: “An ex-regimental friend of mine had an initiative to take stuff to Ukraine.

“He had asked people what they wanted and they said generators, medical kits and baby food.”

Soon after his wife, Sue, had put a post on local Facebook groups asking for donations, the pair had nine generators and more than £500 of medical supplies ready to be packed up and sent on their way.

“I went and collected some and other people dropped some off,” added Cllr Kiddie.

“It just goes to show that there’s a lot of people out there who are very good people and do things for the right reasons.

“We thought maybe we would get one or two but I was generally surprised by the amount of people who donated.”

To donate to Diss and District and Diss Waveney Rotary Clubs' fundraisers, click here.



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