April updates – public meeting for Ukraine, Easter egg raffle in aid of Disasters Emergency Committee – Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

Hello and welcome to your April updates from The Crieff Food Co during what are deeply troubling times for us all.

Public meeting for Ukraine organised by Strathearn Welcome

We have all been deeply affected by the events in the Ukraine and there are many ways of helping with this humanitarian effort and lots of people doing some amazing things.

The newly formed local group Strathearn Welcome held a public meeting for Ukraine on Monday 11th April and many thanks for the huge turnout.

Speaker: Duncan Spinner

We want to say a huge thank you to Duncan Spinner for giving us a very powerful and real insight into what is going on and what can be done.

Originally from Pitlochry, Duncan was evacuated from Luhansk in the Ukraine with his two-year-old daughter just before the invasion began.

He had been working with the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in Luhansk for the past seven years and his story was so very powerful with many of his staff currently on the run many with young children.

Speaker: Ronnie Neilson

Ronnie Neilson from Strathearn Welcome also talked about what is and can be done locally. If you want more information please contact Ronnie or Rebecca Dearman at Strathearn Welcome.

Ronnie and Rebecca have lived in Crieff for almost 20 years and are the owners of the Crieff Yoga Shed. They set up Strathearn Welcome as a group to unite Crieff, Comrie and the surrounding area in supporting refugees within the community.

The group is looking to work with individuals, businesses and the wider community to offer a coherent support network. They are looking for people who can offer support including befriending, form filling, help with transport, offers of accommodation, fundraising and so on.

Speaker: Jen Anderson

Our heartfelt thanks also to Jen Anderson for giving us an understanding of the Scottish Refugee Council.

Jen is a volunteer with the Scottish Refugee Council as the Integration Coordinator (North West Scotland). The Scottish Refugee Council is an independent charity dedicated to supporting people in need of refugee protection.

Through its direct services it provides practical support, advice and a listening ear to help people rebuild their lives in a sustainable and meaningful way. It works with communities and community groups.


Finally, a big shout-out to Ian and his team form Global Events 247 & Johnston Media for all the audio visual equipment and support.


Easter egg raffle in aid of Disasters Emergency Committee – Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

Congratulations to Sue Buyers – winner of our raffle and this giant Easter egg, with all proceeds going to The Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian appeal.


Weighing in at 10kg and standing 80cm tall, this choccie egg is worth over £180!