A Kempsford woman is cycling 200 miles in two days to raise money for humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. 

Anna Skolasinska-Barnett will ride from Newbury in Berkshire to Newport, Wales, and then back again the following day. 

She is taking on the challenge with colleagues from communications company Nuvais UC, where she works as a vendor operations specialist.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Anna Skolasinska-BarnettAnna Skolasinska-Barnett

Anna is raising money for the British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal and is also leading the organisation of a fundraising concert in St Mary’s Church, Kempsford.

To put the concert together, Anna is working with Rev’d Kim Brown, Ann O’Hara and two local bands – Nightjar and Presto.

It is taking place on Friday, June 24 from 7pm-10pm with doors open at 6.30pm.

Admission for adults is only £10 to include a free drink. Event Bar will serve further drinks for cash donations.

Nightjar features local musicians that tour widely and they will play an acoustic, soulful set.

Presto, who people may remember from the Arkells Garden Party last summer, play rock and pop from the 70s and 80s.

Rev’d Kim said: “The church is over the moon to work with such community-minded people in Kempsford, to draw people together for a fantastic night out that will raise funds for the people of Ukraine. 

"We know people locally who have Ukrainian families living with them now and we want to show support and solidarity with them all. 

"It would be amazing if people gathered their friends and came for a great night out that will also help others.”

Organiser Anna said: “The concert and the cycling event are both for the British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal.

"Two events with one aim – to raise money for the people of Ukraine.”

To support the 200 mile bike ride, please go to: justgiving.com/fundraising/nuviasucbigbikejune2022forukraine

To book tickets for the Nightjar/Presto concert, contact Anna on 07910 876374, Ann on 07760 272224 or Cassie on 07845 826321 or email churchfundraising@kempsford.net.