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The Scottish food and drink businesses taking donations and fundraising for Ukraine

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to escalate, food and drink businesses in Scotland have appealed for donations to help the people of Ukraine.

Published: March 1, 2022
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From farm shops to bakeries and cafes, here are a few of the food and drink businesses in Scotland raising money and collecting donations for Ukraine.

Brawsome Bagels

Partick-based Brawsome Bagels will be fundraising this Friday 4 March from 9am – 4pm, with 100% of coffee and specialist cake sales going to the British Red Cross Ukraine fund. Donations to the British Red Cross via Brawsome Bagels will directly help people affected with access to food, water, first aid, medicines, warm clothes, and shelter.

Ian Brooke, founder at Brawsome Bagels said “[Like everyone else, we are very concerned about the intensification of fighting in Ukraine and are deeply saddened by the displacement of people across the country, who have limited access to basic facilities. We wanted to take action, no matter how small, to show our support, engage our community and to Stand with Ukraine.”

“The team will be hard at work in the kitchen from the early hours to craft extra batches of our daily sell-out cakes, as well as a special apple cake influenced by Ukrainian baking. We’d love the people of Glasgow to pay us a visit, buy a coffee (and cake) and let us send as a big a donation as possible.”

Brawsome Bagels will be open and fundraising this Friday from 9am – 4pm on 292 Dumbarton Road, Partick, G11 6TD.

McLean's Gin

The team behind McLean's Gin are currently walking over 40 miles to raise money for Ukraine.

Donations in the form of sponsorship are being taken, as well as 40% of all orders placed at their online shop during the duration of the walk.

A post on their Facebook reads: "In around 36 hours time, I (Colin, and a few close friends) will be departing McLean's HQ for Glenbuck; the source of the River Ayr.

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"From source to sea; over two days we'll be heading to Ayr, covering a distance of over 40 miles on foot. We'll be heading for the village of Failford (~26 miles) on Thursday evening and aiming to arrive in Ayr early afternoon on Friday, wild camping and resting our tired legs on Thursday night.

"If you'd like to sponsor our walk, donations can be made by clicking below. All donations made will go directly to the International Rescue Committee who are providing humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine.

"We'll also be donating 40% of all orders placed at www.mcleansgin.co.uk/shop to the same charity throughout the duration of our walk (Thursday 3rd March at 07.00 > Friday 4th March at 15.00); that's around £15.00 per 70cl bottle sold."

Piecebox Cafe

Audrey Thornburn, owner of Piecebox Cafe in Edinburgh, has posted an appeal for donations to Ukraine and has been overwhelmed with the response.

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Audrey posted: "Today has been quite emotional and very humbling. We’ve received an amazing amount of donations.

"We’ve also met some people whose stories of loved ones in Ukraine and Russia have been distressing. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far.

"I’ve felt overwhelming sadness as I watch what is happening in Ukraine.

"Seeing on the TV the grannies & mum’s fleeing to a foreign country with children not knowing if they’ll see their grandpas and dads again is beyond my comprehension.

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"At Piecebox, we are gathering the following which will be handed over to the Edinburgh Ukrainian Club as they have vehicles heading to Poland."

They collecting donations of

  • Baby milk
  • Baby hygiene products
  • Baby blankets
  • Children’s blankets
  • Toiletries - children & adults

Those wishing to donate can drop off items at the cafe before Thursday 3 March.

Mossgiel Organic Farm

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Picture: Mossgiel Organic Farm

Refuweegee, the Glasgow charity which helps refugees get settled in the city, has been delivering items to Mossgiel Organic Farm, south of Kilmarnock, which has been acting as a drop -off centre. These items are being taken on lorries to Poland with supplies for refugees.

The team have been overwhelmed with donations and are, for now, not accepting more donations due to the backlog.

Posting on their social media, they wrote: "A huge thank you to the drivers who have volunteered to do this massive journey too.

"Today’s task is going to be to sort the enormous mountain of donations and find a structured and sustainable route to Poland/Ukraine so we can continue to get vital supplies across going forward.

"Again, thank you so much for your support so far - also a shoutout to the Mossgiel team who have continued to keep the cows fed, milk flowing and coffee shop running while we do what we can in the situation."

Deanston Bakery

Deanston Bakery is hosting a fundraiser bake sale for Ukraine on Sunday 6 March with 100 per cent of sales to be donated.

Local businesses and home bakers are being invited to join in as well, with customers being urged to come with cash to buy the baking.

The team said: "We feel very helpless just now and that's what we can do!

"Local businesses, home bakers welcome to join in, we might even take few volunteer on the day. Cash only or donate to charity ( if and when it's up to you ).

"Please get in touch if you or your business would like to be involved. It's heart-breaking what is happening, please, do get involved."

The Herron Farm Shop and Kitchen

The Herron Farm Shop and Kitchen, near Strathaven, has also been collecting items to be taken to Poland via the lorries at Mossgiel Farm.

Posting on social media, they wrote: "Your generosity was huge, and we apologise to anyone who arrived and found that we had to close for further drop offs.

"Food, clothes, duvets, sleeping bags, warm clothing, toys, and pyjamas are just some of the items that have passed through our barn today.

"We arrived at Mossgiel to find they had also been given a mass of donations so we took our loads along to a depot in Paisley. Here we found teams of people sorting items out for more lorries leaving in the coming days.

"Sorry to those of you who we simply had to turn away. We ran out of capacity far sooner than we could have planned for, simply through your kindness and generosity.

"There are more local drop off points, who will be available over the coming days and weeks including Saxon Commercial Interiors in Newmilns, but please check their social media for updates and further details.

"Thank you to all of you who came today, your kind donations will be so gratefully received to those who most need them."

Anyone still wanting to donate should keep an eye on social media for new collection points popping up.

Frosoulla's Greek Restaurant

This Glasgow restaurant is accepting donations for refugees from this weekend. Head to 39 Sinclair Drive G42 9PR with whatever you can give.

The team said: "Frosoulla's will be open this weekend to accept any donations you can give us for Ukraine refugees.

"We are all human and we now need to pull together. We will keep you updated but we can take anything you can give to send to these people in need… I always say,"walk in another's shoes"… let's do this battlefield, Shawlands, Newton Mearns, Giffnock, anyone in Glasgow!!!!!!

"WE HAVE 3 FLOORS, LETS FILL THEM!!"

The restaurant will be open for donations on Saturday 5 March from 12-4pm.

Slurp Edinburgh

This student run organisation aiming to engage with those affected by homelessness launched an appeal for donations for a lorry headed to Poland next week.

They're requesting food and hygiene items from those in Edinburgh who can donate.

Jeżyk Polski Sklep Spożywczy

This Kirkcaldy store is taking donations of blankets, warm clothes, sleeping bags, painkillers, bandages, baby milk, nappies, tinned food and toiletries

Speaking to the Courier, Wiktoria Plota of Polish grocery store Jezyk in Kirkcaldy said: “People are coming in every single day.

“We started on Saturday afternoon and we have over 100 bags already.”

For those in Methil who can't get to Kirkcaldy to donate, the East Dock Bar on the High Street is a drop-off point for Jezyk’s.

Touch of Poland

Touch of Poland in Kirkcaldy and Arbroath are also accepting donations for Ukraine.

Both stores have thanked customers for the sheer number of donations, and are pausing these for just now.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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