Council pledges support for Ukrainian refugees

Fenland District Council has pledged to support Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion as soon as the Government's extended safe routes are opened.

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Council Leader, Cllr Chris Boden, has written to Steve Barclay, MP for North East Cambridgeshire and the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff, stressing the urgency of the need for assistance to Ukrainian refugees. He also highlighted the Council's readiness to assist however it can with the Government's expanded Ukrainian Humanitarian Route and with its newly announced uncapped sponsored humanitarian visa route, just as soon as details are provided.

In response, Steve Barclay MP thanked Fenland District Council for its support and acknowledged the urgency in the Government's response to the growing refugee crisis.

The United Nations refugee agency said more than half a million people had fled Ukraine since Russia's invasion of the country started on Thursday, 24 February.

Cllr Boden said: "We are all horrified and appalled by the events unfolding in Ukraine and the unprovoked assault on a peaceful sovereign and democratic nation. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and are ready to offer support to Ukrainian citizens here in Fenland and those who may arrive as a result of this terrible conflict."

The offer of support in Fenland follows the Council's commitments in recent years to provide homes to refugees from elsewhere, including supporting the Syrian resettlement programme.

The Council is also working with voluntary and community organisations in Fenland to identify which agencies are collecting supplies for Ukraine, so we can signpost anyone who wishes to donate items such as clothing, bedding, medical supplies and toiletries.

How you can help Ukraine

If you'd like to help, the most effective action you can take is to make a financial donation to one of the following charities which are supporting Ukraine during the ongoing conflict. Any amount you can give will go a long way to helping those in need.

Article date: March 2022

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