Reading charity concert held at Face Bar to raise money for relief in Ukraine is a huge success

Around 500 people crowded into the Face bar in Reading on Saturday May 14 to show their support for the Ukraine disaster crisis appeal.

A 56-year-old drummer from Reading has spent the past few months organizing the event to raise money for Red Cross Relief.

Peter Laschok, whose father is from Ukraine, was inspired to raise funds after hearing the devastating news of the Russian invasion.

He said: “I was planning a trip to Ukraine with my brother and nephew to trace my father’s legacy.

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“He was born in Ukraine and came to the UK as a refugee after being taken away during World War II, so that’s something close to my heart.

“I felt I had to do something to help the displaced people in Ukraine and Red Cross relief is doing a lot to help there.”

Four local bands performed at the event where all proceeds went to the charity. Groups included The Highwasters, The Skangsters, Deckchairs and The Scavengers.

A raffle and tombola also took place in the evening alongside the entertainment.

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Peter added: “There are so many people to thank. Everyone agreed and it turned out to be a great success.

“Everyone gave their time and effort for free, so what we earned on the night will go entirely to the disaster relief fund.”

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