Our Founding Story

Prosperity: from a small cafe to London's key Humanitarian Aid Hub.

Prosperity Restaurant, located in Twickenham, started its humble beginnings serving delicious Ukrainian  home cooking to its customers.

When the full-scale war broke out in Ukraine on the 24th February 2022 Halyna Kosynska and Oleksandr (Alex) Yarema (see photos in footer), who run Prosperity Restaurant, took the decision to close Prosperity’s doors as a restaurant and instead put the space to use helping those in need, as featured in a BBC article on 9th March 2022.

Prosperity has now become one of the central donation hubs for humanitarian aid for Ukraine in the South-East of England. 

Run solely by a dedicated team of volunteers, our humanitarian aid is delivered directly into Ukraine, to the cities and towns it is needed most.

On our donations page you will be able to see what type of aid you can donate. The collection lists are based on the demand from our partner warehouses, directly in Ukraine. With the support of donations and sponsors, our dedicated team of volunteers across Richmond and Twickenham are able to collect, package and transport tonnes of humanitarian aid to Ukrainian cities most in need of help. 

With a recent increase of Russian shelling of Ukrainian infrastructure and power stations, many cities have been left without electricity, water and heating. The donations you make today can provide aid to families across Ukraine, providing items such as power banks, blankets and heaters, helping them to survive the colder months of the new year ahead. 

Munira Wilson, MP for Twickenham, has also expressed support to the humanitarian work undertaken at Prosperity restaurant.

As Prosperity for Ukraine, we operate as a Ltd. company registered in England and Wales no: 14278450.


  • The Prosperity Restaurant in Twickenham is the central point for all of our incoming donations.
  • Two local organisations have kindly given us space off site to sort and pack donations. We are grateful for their support.
  • A dedicated team of volunteers work every day to ensure donations are transported directly into Ukraine.
  • We work with our partners and deliver aid directly to Kyiv, Ternopil, Lviv, Stryi, Ivano Frankivsk and Berezhany.
  • Since the start of the war we have sent 144 twenty-tonne lorries packed full of donations direct to Ukraine (last updated: February 2024).

You can find out more about us on our Media page where you will be able to find a short movie about our work!

Prosperity Ukrainian Restaurant, 59 York Street, Twickenham, London TW1 3LP

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