Silent candlelight vigil being held in Argents Mead on Friday evening in show of solidarity with Ukraine

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 1 March 2022

A SILENT candlelit vigil is to take place inside of the bandstand in the Argents Mead park at 6.30pm on Friday evening (4 March), in a silent show of solidarity for Ukraine.

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Everyone is welcome to attend the gathering, which will remember all who have sadly passed away, been injured, bereaved, or displaced, as a result of the invasion in Ukraine.

Those wanting to take part in the vigil are being asked to bring along a candle or tea light in a jar, and light it as a symbol of hope, as ‘even in deep darkness, light will prevail’.

The Diamond Jubilee bandstand in the Mead will be lit up in blue and yellow, which are the national colours of the Ukrainian flag – as well as this, the Ukraine flag will be flown inside of Argents Mead, and the Hinckley Hub, as another sign of solidarity.

Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council Leader, Stuart Bray, said: “I hope this vigil will give us all a chance to come together as a community and focus our attention on those people many miles away who are in trouble and pain.

He further added: “Local charity Feed the Hungry is also collecting donations of goods to help refugees from Ukraine so if you can help in any way, that would be much appreciated.”

Collection being held

A collection will be held at the vigil, for anyone who wishes to donate any money or goods, in aid of the charities who are working to support people in Ukraine.

Local charity Feed the Hungry will be collecting a donation of goods to help refugees from Ukraine.

They are currently collating a shipment of the following items:

  • Women’s and children’s clothing
  • Sleeping bags and blankets
  • Hygiene products – toiletries and nappies
  • Dry food – rice, noodles, and pasta
  • Snacks and biscuits
  • Travel mugs and water bottles
  • Tea, coffee, sugar, and dry milk

People wishing to donate any of the aforementioned items can bring them to the vigil on 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Friday evening.

Alternatively, they can be taken down to Hinckley Hub during office hours.

Larger donations of pallets of goods can be taken to Feed the Hungry’s warehouses in Hinckley or Coventry, by arranging this in advance with

Further details on how to donate money to the appeal can be found in a section on the Feed the Hungry website, linked here.

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