Ukraine Equestrian Aid Facebook
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“I think the Poles are being incredibly welcoming”
Ukraine Equestrian Aid Facebook
By James Burn, Lambourn Correspondent
Racing’s community spirit and generosity have been hailed by Tiffany Morgan-Evans, who was in Germany on Monday trying to return to Britain after delivering supplies to a base in Poland where Ukrainian refugees have congregated following the invasion of her country by Russia.
Morgan-Evans, who runs a busy pre-training yard near Newmarket with her husband Richard, was part of the Ukraine Equestrian Aid, which has been coordinated by Manchester’s Stephen Barnes. He took his trailer and carpooled with Stephen Byrne, an osteopath whose clients include a host of big-name trainers.
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“The charity we chose to help was transporting aid to Ukraine for people who were trapped or injured and couldn’t get out,” Morgan-Evans said. “The team that stayed went out today and bought a few thousand pounds worth of food for the rescue centre.
“We left at 4am on Friday and arrived in Chelm in eastern Poland at lunchtime on Sunday. We went in a convoy of nine horses and took up a collection in Newmarket at John Gosden’s where the whole staff raised £1,000.
“One of the girls was brilliant hanging around with the kitty and they bought the most amazing first aid kit. We brought a lot of medical supplies and Roger Varian’s yard collected a lot of supplies including toiletries, diapers and children’s clothes.”
“The Jockey Club has been fantastic and Amy Starkey who works in Newmarket has set up The Racing Center to be a drop off point. They have been extremely supportive and the racing industry has really come together to make the trip happen.”
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Morgan-Evans, a mother of two, added: “The last leg of the trip, having been on motorways but then single lanes, was bleak. All that was passing were ambulances and military vehicles driving away from the border. Suddenly there was a bit of a panic that we were going so close. You thought, ‘Oh God’, since we didn’t know what we were going to lead to.
“If that was my family, I would expect someone in the situation I was in, with a truck, to help me. If my husband and the team at home could manage without me, I really wanted to do something to help. It’s the women and children who are left without a husband and have to face a terrible situation.
“There is a GoFundMe Link So any help is appreciated. You had the uncanny feeling that you were getting close to something terrible and today we got an emotional video message from the team who stayed in a rescue center where there are 600 beds side by side and women, who left their husbands, sobbing and without knowing what. they’re going to do with the rest of their lives.
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