Local firm pledges £50,000 to Ukraine refugees

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Brown&Co JHWalter is to donate to help the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians fleeing to Poland following the Russian invasion.

Brown&Co JHWalter, which has had an office in Poland since 1998 as well as friends and colleagues involved in farming in the Ukraine, is donating £50,000 to help the growing Ukrainian refugee crisis.

Brown&Co JHWalter is making the donation as well as pledging to help find jobs and accommodation within their own and client businesses for up to 100 Ukrainian nationals who want to live and work in this country – if permitted to do so by the British government.

Not only does Brown&Co JHWalter have an office in Poland, but it has undertaken extensive work for a number of large farming businesses in Ukraine and the wider region. Charles Whitaker, Managing Partner, made a passionate statement, saying: “We as a partnership have been deeply concerned about the unfolding horror on our doorstep in Ukraine.

Charles Whitaker

“We have Ukrainian friends and colleagues who live and work there – this past week we have had calls with some of them on the ground, and they were all very concerned indeed for the safety of their staff and families.”

“We feel we should be doing something significant to help as we watch the disaster unfold.  This is a country not so different from ours and people who thought they wanted a future like us. They are being driven over, bombed and shot by a Russian regime that clearly threatens all of us in the West – they just happen to be in the way on the front line.”

Brown&Co JHWalter has been heavily engaged in Poland for more than 25 years. The sizeable donation will go to the NGO Polish Humanitarian Action fund https://www.pah.org.pl/en/ specifically to help the Ukrainian refugees arriving in Poland.

Mr Whitaker said: “More than 150,000 Ukrainians had already crossed into Poland over the weekend and the number is rising fast. We feel we should be doing our bit and shouting about it to encourage others to do so too.”

If you want to pledge money to additional registered charities targeting the Ukraine refugee crisis visit here.