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Raising money for Ukraine - The Motley Crew

The Motley Crew sing up for Ukraine

Brightlingsea shanty group The Motley Crew took to the town’s centre on Saturday morning (March 5) to to sing for Ukraine – and raised over £900.

Decked out with specially-made scarves in Ukraine flag colours, the crew – who’ve been singing together for over 20 years – sang their traditional tunes outside the Brewer’s Arms pub while their SWAGS (Shanty Wives and Girlfriends) rattled collecting tins.

In just over an hour on a cold, damp morning, a total of £915.03 was collected for DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal – a lot of it in £10 and £20 notes.

“We were just amazed by the response,” said Motley Crew bosun David Bridle. “People were almost queuing up to donate – it just shows how much people want to help the people of Ukraine.’

The collection was made more poignant when a young Ukrainian came up and thanked the crew profusely – saying that his parents were still in the war-torn country. “We were all deeply touched,” said David. “What we were doing was such a small thing – but his obvious concern for his family and his heartfelt thanks left us all deeply touched.”

The latest fund-raising effort isn’t the first time the crew has helped good causes. It’s raised around £25,000 for the RNLI and last year recorded ‘Get that Jab and Go’ – a shanty promoting Covid vaccinations – for the NHS.

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