REFUGEES who fled the war in Ukraine are due to see the benefit of money raised by community groups in Furness. 

The Rotary Club of Furness, Barrow Male Voice Choir, The Ghyll Singers and Dalton Town Band raised more than £2,000.

The money has been sent to a rotary club in Warsaw, Poland, and is due to go to be used on the Children of Ukraine nearby in Marki.

The money is being spent on furniture for the school year starting in September.

The school will accommodate 132 refugee children from the ages of six to 18 where they will be taught the Ukraine curriculum.

Some children will further specialise in music - something for which the Furness clubs are collecting additional funds.

Currently the school is being used for a summer camp for about 50 refugee children.

The summer camp is focusing on teaching languages (Polish and English), basic commercial issues and every day has a different theme.

The school has about 300 pupils on the waiting listcbut no place to put them all so the Rotary Club of Warsaw Wilanow’s efforts are being targeted at helping to raise funds for a building, equipment, books etc.

The Rotary Club of Warsaw Wilanow has thanked everyone for their donations.

Any more funds raised are to be spent on musical instruments for the school.

Nationally, Britons have been also been digging deep for Ukraine.

The British public helped to set a new fundraising record via the Disasters and Emergency Committee’s Ukraine appeal.

The DEC’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal collected £61,997,547 between March 3 and 10, was confirmed by Guinness World Records as the most money raised by an online campaign in a week.

In the latest in the conflict, powerful explosions have rattled the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, and a city close to the country's biggest nuclear power plant sustained a barrage of shelling amid Russian attacks in several regions, Ukraine's presidential office said.

At least four civilians have been killed and ten wounded over the past 24 hours, with nine Ukrainian regions coming under fire, the office said in its daily update.

Two districts of Mykolaiv, which has been targeted frequently in recent weeks, were shelled.

Russian forces reportedly fired 60 rockets at Nikopol, in the central Dnipropetrovsk region.

Fifty residential buildings were damaged in the city of more than 100,000 and some projectiles hit power lines, leaving city residents without electricity, according to Ukrainian authorities.