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Sir Rod Stewart does a big job for a Ukrainian family who fled their war-torn country. Not only does he give the family of seven a fully furnished home, but he pays all their bills for a year.
The Mirror said the family, which includes five children, abandoned their former home in Ukraine and eventually found themselves in Berkshire, south-east England. Arriving in the UK, the suddenly wandering family were not without difficulties, as they had no money or shelter and spoke no English.
Rod was put in touch with the family and decided to fund them for a year as they settled into a new life in the three-story red brick townhouse.
Detailing his first encounter with the family, Rod told the Mirror: “I walked through the door and they all ran down the stairs, all beautifully dressed in Ukrainian national dress. It was so beautiful that they everyone made that effort. They made me a cup of tea and we had loads of cookies and chocolates, even though the baby kept cutting me. It was really wonderful.
Rod, 77, wanted to do something to help the people of Ukraine from the moment Russia invaded, and he knew he was in a position to do so given his considerable net worth.
“Words couldn’t describe what we were watching,” he said of media coverage of the initial attack. “The bombing of innocent children, the bombing of hospitals and playgrounds. Like everyone else, we were completely beside ourselves. I wouldn’t wish that one on anyone. It’s evil, pure evil. “
The “Hot Legs” singer equated the images he saw with those of World War II. The only difference was that the new footage was in color, while the WWII footage was black and white.
“I was born right after the war, so my family has a lot of memories of it. That’s how devastating it was for me. I didn’t think we’d see a ground war with tanks again,” he said. he declares.
He continued: “Me and my nephew Warren thought we’d better do something – it was his idea. He said: ‘Listen, let’s get some trucks together, fill them with supplies and whatever they have. need. So we had three trucks and one team drove to Ukraine. It took them a weekend. They went to the border and brought 16 refugees back to Berlin for safety.
Rod didn’t make the trip because he was advised against it, probably because of his age.
The family that Rod is funding were not among the 16 who were rescued.
“They’re such a cute little family and so polite too. None of them speak English but they have such lovely manners, especially the teenagers,” Rod said. He then joked, “I don’t know how they are when I’m not around.”
He also joked that he makes sure they know who he is.
“I think they had been told before I met who I was – and they certainly know who I am now, since I left them around 500 CDs,” he said.
The iconic singer’s generosity didn’t stop with the family’s free house or the aforementioned mission of mercy in Ukraine, either – he also hired two Ukrainian refugees to work at his sprawling Essex estate.
“They are all very grateful,” said Sir Rod. “And it just makes me want to do more. I’m thinking about buying another house now and bringing in a lot more people.”
While his noble deeds to the Ukrainian people were certainly commendable, Rod wasn’t sure he wanted to publicize them.
“Usually I keep all my charitable efforts kind and quiet and do that. But I thought, ‘I’m a knight, I got this knighthood because of the things I’ve done in my life and charity work that I have done over the years,” he said. “But that was in the past. I want to be seen doing something now. I’m a knight, I should use my power to do something for people. I’m sure if there are people who see what I’m doing, they’ll take some slack too.