Ukraine crisis: Poland-Ukraine charity game at Peterborough United raises over £10,000

A charity football match between Poland and Ukraine at Peterborough United’s Weston Homes stadium on Saturday May 2 raised more than £10,000 to support war victims.

Around 400 people showed up to support the event in which a Polish team, made up of Polish players from across the Peterborough league, took on a Ukrainian team made up of players who had traveled from all over the UK to participate. The match was described as a “unity” match, given the strong bond between the two countries, especially in the aftermath of the Russian invasion. It is estimated that more than three million Ukrainian refugees have resettled in Poland since hostilities began in February.

The final score was 5-2 for Poland, who themselves raised £1,900 for the charity Support the World; as Chiltern Distribution had sponsored the Polish team for £100 per goal and Cross Country Logistics had made the same promise for £200. Danzen Logistics, which is run by charity director Dan Zenchuk, has also sponsored the Ukrainian team for £200 per goal.

The money will be used to support the work of the charity Support the World, which was set up in Peterborough in response to the invasion and has since worked to deliver aid to affected parts of Eastern Europe and to support Ukrainian refugees who have settled in Peterborough.

One of the directors, Damian Wawrzyniak, who also runs House of Feasts in Eye Green, helped put the Polish part together and sponsored the Polish kit; while Dan did the same for the Ukrainian side through his company. Folgate Law generously sponsored.

Immediately after the match, Mr Wawrzyniak then began a journey to Bucha, one of the towns that has suffered some of the worst atrocities committed by Russian forces, to deliver aid and cook for the residents remaining in the city.

Dan said: “It was a brilliant event, there were so many people to support and Posh was really helpful.

“It was great to reunite with some of the squad members after playing against an England supporters XI earlier in the year.

“We are still doing the final tally of what we have won but between sponsorship, tickets sold and fundraising buckets, us and several locals, it looks like it will be over £10,000. A big thank you to everyone who who helped support or sponsor the event.

Christi C. Elwood