Newport Playgoers join Ukrainian fundraiser for refugees in Prague

A NEWPORT drama society is doing its part to help refugees from Ukraine by bolstering the fundraising efforts of a former member who is currently volunteering in the Czech Republic.

Within two days of setting up the appeal, they had raised over £5,000 with the help of friends and family in Newport.

“We wanted to do something to help, especially since James performed with us at the Dolman and his family is very involved in theater,” said Newport Playgoers President David Eynon-Williams.

The Dolman Theater illuminated in Ukrainian colours. Photo: Clare Ward.

“We lit the theater in blue and yellow to show our support and raised for the appeal during performances of our show Tonto Evans this week.

“We are all very proud of James and Olivia and it’s great to know that people’s generous donations go directly to helping refugees.

Mr Ward thanked the people of Newport and said he was overwhelmed by the support that had already been given.

South Wales Argus: James and Olivia Ward raise money for supplies for Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Prague.James and Olivia Ward fundraise for supplies for Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Prague.

The appeal has now raised over £13,000 in less than two weeks.

This money was spent on food, drink, toiletries and medical supplies for Ukrainian refugees arriving in Prague.

“It was people from Newport who sent the money.

“We’re both from Newport and get the supplies here,” Mr Ward said.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated.

“There is a huge need here that will continue and continue.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the fundraiser should contact Kevin Ward at or @KevinWardMedia on Twitter.

Berta D. Wells