A WARZONE security specialist who keeps journalists safe in Ukraine is planning a humanitarian mission to help the country children this winter. 

Steven Holland, from Hartford, protects teams from some of the world's largest media outlets including CNN, Renegade, ITV News and the New York Times.

A recent assignment saw him protecting a film crew who were making the documentary Children of Ukraine, which aired on ITV on Sunday, November 13, that follows the lives of Ukranian children, some of whom escaped Russian occupied territory under heavy bombardment after their parents had been killed.

Steven and his colleague Richard Deakin now intend to return to the country in a personal capacity to provide essential supplies to help children survive the harsh Ukranian winter. 

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Steven said: “I became hugely involved in the production and built excellent relationships with the families, children and orphanages throughout the country.

“Knowing what these children have already endured, and what they will soon face as the cold winter months approach – without power and water supplies – I'm embarking on a humanitarian mission to Ukraine over the Christmas period.

“The preliminary plan is to visit in the first week of December, then travel throughout the country visiting orphanages and children who have been directly affected by the war."

Steven is seeking donations of essential winter garments, Christmas presents and other essentials to take with him, but there is also an option to donate money, which he will use to buy food. 

“We are currently seeking donations of small, wrapped presents, warm coats, power-banks, phone chargers, baby food, nappies, anything that can support a child in Ukraine and make them smile through this difficult time, especially Christmas.

“I will arrange all the logistics and personally deliver the items to the frontline and throughout the country.” 

If you would like to donate goods for Steven to take with him Ukraine, please contact him through his Facebook, or on 07521 714664.

If you would like to donate money, you can do so via the project's Just Giving page.