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Football supporters chip in to help Ukrainian orphans

Football supporters in Edinburgh have flocked to support efforts to help Ukrainian orphans in the besieged city of Dnipro.

A charity, set up in the aftermath of a 2005 UEFA Cup tie between Dnipro and Hibernian, has long been helping the orphaned children of the city through purchasing items such as winter coats, boots and medical equipment as well as making repairs to the building where they live.

The charity funds have also been used to purchase baby food, baby essentials and clothing for a Crisis Pregnancy Centre in the hope that helping mothers that are struggling to cope can prevent children from being abandoned.

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Dnipro Kids Appeal has been working with the Hanlon Stevenson Foundation on a prize draw to raise urgent funds for the charity.

By donating £10 to the JustGiving page, football fans will be entered into the draw to win one of four exciting prizes – including a meeting with sporting legend Franck Sauzée.

The charity asked other members of the Hibernian football community to step in and a range of groups, from supporters clubs to podcasters have joined in to help.

The winners will be drawn at random on March 14, 2022 and you can enter via

Stevie Carr, chairman of Dnipro Kids, added: “It goes without saying that it has been a distressing, overwhelming few days. More than ever, these people need our help.

“Dnipro Kids is grateful to the Hanlon Stevenson Foundation for reaching out, and to the forums, podcasts and social media accounts lending their support.”

Graeme Cadger, chairman of the Hanlon Stevenson Foundation, said:

“This was a no-brainer for everyone at HSF and, clearly, the wider online Hibernian community.

“I think we’re all in awe of the work done by Stevie and his team since 2005 and we want to help in any way we can.

“I’ve seen a lot of online discussion from supporters discussing different ways to make a donation and hopefully this provides a central solution.”

Other ways to support charities working in Ukraine were covered on The Rooftop. If any charities want their work in Ukraine featured on The Rooftop in the coming days and weeks, please email us information to or use your social media accounts to contact us:

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