After experiencing the reality for Ukrainian refugees feeling war, a Wroughton couple is putting on an auction event it hopes will raise £20,000 to help. 

Cliff Barry has been driving aid collected in Swindon and its surrounding areas to the border of Ukraine in a van he helped to pay for with his own fundraising efforts, and now he and his wife Jo, are organising this new fundraising event to do more to help. 

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"We are holding a fundraiser to support the Great British drive to assist the Ukrainian citizens who are suffering during these difficult times," Cliff said.

Swindon Advertiser: A Ukrainian refugee carrying everything she has leftA Ukrainian refugee carrying everything she has left

"We have first-hand knowledge of what is happening at the borders where the Ukrainian people are gathering.

"There are hundreds of thousands of people gathered at the borders waiting patiently to be cleared to enter the country they have arrived at.

"While they wait they have a need for food, water, basic essentials we take for granted, the need to look after the elderly and of course to keep over 1,000 babies alive that have been born at border crossings."

The event, at Alexandra House Hotel on June 10, will have entertainment provided by popular band The Zoots, as well as a disco, food and a bar. There will also be an auction with a variety of donated items up for grabs

This includes a diamond pendant necklace with a valuation certificate and donated by Purely Diamonds, a 65” Smart TV donated by Kevin Old, a chopper bike donated by Mitchell Cycles of Swindon, a £400 voucher to Randall & Aubin in Soho London, a dinner for 2 with champagne at St Helenas in Elstow, a break in the Cotswolds at The Fox at Barrington and a 10 day B&B 5 Star holiday at Kayumanis in Bali.

Swindon Advertiser: Alexandra House Hotel, the venue for the auction eventAlexandra House Hotel, the venue for the auction event

Cliff added:  "By the time the 10th of June arrives we will have sent over 75 tons of products to various border crossings.

"Once the goods are gathered they need to get to the borders. This is the most costly part of the journey. Our aim through our activities is to help alleviate these costs through fundraisers."

The event is a ticketed event with all proceeds going towards the relief effort and costs £50. There are also 10 tickets set aside for NHS/key workers donated by people who can't attend. 

For more information or to book tickets visit the event's website.