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Norfolk farming family send aid to war torn Ukraine

The Jensen family, who farm at Church Farm, near Fakenham have pulled out all the stops in a show of financial solidarity with the people of Ukraine.

The family, who have farmed in the beleaguered country for a decade, started a Go-Fund Me page and within two days had raised £15,000.  The money will support a donation of medical equipment, including first aid kits, bandages and tourniquets – after their Ukrainian friends said this was the top priority.

Martin Jensen, along with fellow villager Rupert Wood, will drive the first vanload to the Polish/Ukrainian border as soon as customs documents are approved.

The farmer, who only returned from his most recent trip to Ukraine 12 days ago, said: ‘I saw it first-hand, their shelves were bare already before the war had even started. So there is a desperate, desperate need for this.

‘The Ukrainians are in absolute shock that this is happening. It is so important for their morale to know that they are not on their own.’

Having rapidly passed the initial fundraising target of £10,000 for emergency medical aid, Mr Jensen said any money raised above that figure will be distributed among humanitarian charities which they have direct contact with in western Ukraine.

For donations and updates, see the Jensen family’s GoFundMe page or contact churchfarmguestwick@outlook.com.