A CHARITY dedicated to sending aid directly to the frontline in Ukraine is hosting a 10-mile walk to raise more funds next weekend.

10 Miles for Ukraine Walk is organised by Sunflower Scotland, a volunteer association sending aid directly to eastern Ukraine, into the red zone on the frontline in the Kharkiv and Donetsk regions.

Funds raised will provide lifesaving food, aid and emotional support to areas too dangerous to go to.

10 Miles for Ukraine Walk takes place at Cockenzie House and Gardens next Sunday (September 25).

The circular route leaves from Cockenzie House and follows the seaside road to the Hollies Hub in Musselburgh before returning to the starting point.

Those participating will have the chance to take part in a distance most suitable to their abilities, with 2.5 miles, five miles and the full 10-mile route available.

Walkers are encouraged to bring along their friends, family and dogs.

Oleg Dmitriev, chairman of Sunflower Scotland, said: “The Scottish community has lifted above its weight to help Ukraine.

“Now it’s our job to deliver it to where it’s needed.

“Older people and single mothers stranded near the frontline are the most vulnerable.

“Their voices aren’t heard and it’s only volunteers who help them survive.”

At the finish line at Cockenzie House there will be a variety of activities to enjoy, including a craft corner where attendees can make a postcard, write a message or draw a picture for Ukrainian children from an oncology hospital in Kharkiv.

A tarot and psychic reading by Queen of Pentacles will also be available.

There will also be a bake sale including Ukrainian and Scottish cakes baked by the charity’s volunteers and a tombola with all prizes donated by Ukrainian, Midlothian and East Lothian crafters.

There will also be live music from Yo Stooshie Church Band, playing hits from the ’70s and ’80s from 2pm to 3pm.

For children there will be balloon modelling and face painting from ACE Parties and Events.

A dog corner will also be on site, where visitors can bring donations for Ukrainian pets; Sunflower Scotland dog bandanas will also be on sale and attendees can have a photo taken with their dog.

A Sunflower Scotland fundraiser also takes place which will see the sale of t-shirts, brooches, Ukrainian candles, shell craft and pins.

The event runs from 9.30am until 4pm.

Tickets are £10 (plus admin cost) and can be bought by visiting tinyurl.com/mry8a38n, where more information on the event is also available.