Bradley Walsh praises pal paying £5,000 a day to house Ukraine refugees


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Bradley Walsh has heaped admiration on his friend for heading to the Ukrainian border with Poland and paying for shelter for refugees to the tune of £5,000 per day.

Appearing on Monday’s edition of Good Morning Britain alongside his friend Marcos Costillo, the star of The Larkins explained that the pair had met through a shared interest in classic cars 10 years ago, before calling his recent decision to help house 150 Ukrainian refugees in Poland ‘extraordinary’.

The Chase host said: ‘Marcos is the sort of guy who would take in dogs and look after them, take them to the vets, and his heart is so big.’

Recalling how he found out Marcos’ plan, Bradley said he stopped by his place of work, only to be told he had gone to Poland to collect a car.

He continued: ‘I rang him and he wasn’t going to collect a car at all, he was on his way to the Ukraine-Polish [sic] border to help.’

Bradley added: ‘I love him dearly, he’s a great pal of mine, he’s got the biggest, biggest heart imaginable. It’s a selfless act.

Bradley introduced his friend Marcos and what he was doing for Ukrainian refugees in Poland (Picture: ITV)
Marcos is usually a car salesman but was inspired by President Zelensky among other things to step up (Picture: ITV)

‘Not all heroes, as the cliché goes, wear capes – and they’re our angels and it’s extraordinary what he’s done.’

Marcos, who was being interviewed from the hotel in Krakow, Poland where he is footing the bill for Ukrainian refugees, said that the fact he ‘was getting angrier and angrier every day’ inspired him to take action, as well as the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky.

‘He’s such a people’s leader,’ Marcos explained.

Admitting that he ‘didn’t really have a plan’ when he first showed up, the businessman acknowledged that he had some help from friends in Portugal.

Martin Lews asked some tough questions on the decisions Marcos had to make (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Rex/Shutterstock)

When the show’s co-host Martin Lewis asked him how he decided who would stay in the hotel rooms he was paying for, Marcos replied: ‘The TV doesn’t give [sic] it justice at all – if you’re here, your heart is just broken and you can’t say no. You just figure out how to find the money each day.’

He also praised the Ukrainian people he had met as ‘unbelievable’.

‘They don’t complain about anything, they just get on with things. They’re unbelievable – their pride, their dignity, their morale.’

Money Saving Expert founder Martin also prodded Marcos on if he’s encountered ‘trust issues’ when dealing with such vulnerable people.

Bradley Walsh's car saleman friend paying 5,000 a day to house Ukrainian refugees

Marcos has set up his scheme in a hotel in Krakow (Picture: ITV)

Marcos replied, heartbreakingly: ‘I’ve been asked if I’m going to kidnap people.

‘Unfortunately, these people are in such a desperate situation that they’re willing to go with you – they haven’t slept in a bed in two week and their kids are sick.’

The car salesman also explained how he’d initially gone to train stations and approached the people ‘who needed the most help’ with the help of translators, to offer them shelter.

Wrapping up the interview, actor Bradley added of Marcos: ‘I love him dearly and the world needs to love him dearly too, he’s just amazing.’

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.

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