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Ukraine crisis - Futureal Group firms provide support for refugees 

A Birmingham-based property developer has partnered with charity Global Aid Network (GAiN) to collect donations for Ukrainian refugees.

Cordia Blackswan is set to offer its head office, located at The Bank on Great Hampton Street in the UK’s second city, as a public drop-off point for anyone to donate emergency hygiene kits which will then be shipped directly to those in need.

The developer is standing together with its owners, Futureal, Cordia Group and HelloParks, to provide support for the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.


In total, the group is donating £663,000 in addition to the amount raised by its employees to support projects in Hungary, Poland, and Romania, which are taking in the majority of Ukrainian refugees.

GAiN, a global humanitarian organisation providing aid and critical care for people in crisis, is dedicated to bringing hope and tangible help to refugees and people living in poverty, believing that every life counts.

In response to the Ukraine crisis, GAiN says it is working directly with NGOs receiving Ukrainians across the border to ensure they are collecting the most critical relief items. In addition, the charity says it is also donating 100% of profits to people in need.

Urgent donations from the public are being called for, with the immediate priority being male and female hygiene kits. In order to donate an emergency hygiene kit, people can simply purchase any of the products from the list here, and place in a bag for life with ‘female’ or ‘male’ written on the outside.

Kits should be placed in bags for life to ensure that as many emergency hygiene kits as possible can be packed onto the shipping container, with the initiative taking place until Friday March 25 2022.

“The Cordia Blackswan team is deeply saddened by the events in Ukraine, and want to support everyone involved in every way that we can,” Marcus Hawley, managing director at Cordia Blackswan, said.

“We have teamed up with Global Aid Network to ensure that refugees are receiving the critical items they need and call on the people of Birmingham to donate anything they can to support the cause.”

Meanwhile, Sarah Patel, GAiN UK Operations Manager, added: “Every donation we receive means one more person, whose life has been torn apart by this war, that we can bring a practical message that we are standing with them. We are incredibly grateful for every response to give and donate that enables us to send this message of hope.” 

As well as donations, the Futureal Group says it will be identifying its own properties in suitable locations to be used for humanitarian activities. In Poland, for example, the transformation of buildings and the establishment of temporary kindergarten and shelters for refugees has already begun, with the work with aid and medical organisations helping to rescue people from Ukraine.

The Cordia Group is also offering its available fully furnished rental apartments in Budapest free of charge to refugee families in need and is calling on its customers to provide housing for those affected by the crisis.

Gábor Futó, Founder and Co-Owner of Futureal Group, said: "We are following events in Ukraine with a heavy heart and with a deep sense of duty to help. I am very proud of everyone at Futureal-Cordia Group, as many of our colleagues have already taken in refugees and many are also preparing to actively participate in the programmes and donations we are organising.”

For anyone in Birmingham wishing to make a donation, the drop off point is located at: The Bank, 22a Great Hampton Street, Birmingham, B18 6AH.

Drop off times will be 7.30am-9.30am, 12-2pm and 5-6.30pm from Monday to Friday each week. If you are making a sizeable donation, you can email info@globalaidnetwork.org.uk and someone will come to collect your parcel. For those based further afield, donation kits can also be sent to the above address via post.

For men, soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, toothbrushes, razors, small towels, combs, hand creams, packets of hand tissues, new underwear, new socks and new deodorants are needed, while for females the items needed include all of the above and sanitary towels/tampons.

You can find out all the details and get updates on the work being done by GAiN


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