The story of a Ukrainian family who wants to come to live in Furzedown recently made national news! Oksana and her young son Dmytro have a sponsor ready and willing to welcome them into their home in the local area, however Home Office delays have stopped them travelling to safety in the United Kingdom.
It is inspiring and heartwarming to see the generosity shown by the British public in welcoming Ukrainian refugees into their lives, however Oksana and Dmytro have been let down badly by the Home Office. They applied to come to the UK in September last year and, so far, the Home Office have refused to provide a timeframe for a decision to both myself and their sponsor's solicitors. This is simply not good enough and the Government must get a grip.
It was great to visit the wonderful volunteers at the White Eagle Club in Balham recently. The Tooting and Balham Community has rallied together to support the appeal for Ukraine since the Russian invasion in March.
Since the appeal was launched, the White Eagle Club has sent 74 trucks, 112 vans, and a massive 1,800 tonnes of goods to Ukraine as part of their humanitarian aid mission. They have also provided many Ukrainian nationals who have recently fled to the UK with clothes, shoes, toiletries, and supplies for babies and infants.
It’s always amazing to see the community come together to help those in need.
There is however, still much more that the White Eagle Club needs, both for Ukrainian nationals arriving in the UK and to be sent to those still living in Ukraine.
Items that are most in need include; medical supplies, toiletries, sanitary products and baby powder, as well as clothes for those who have recently arrived in the UK.
You can donate items to 211 Balham High Street at the following times:
Tuesdays: 11.00 - 20.00
Wednesday: 10.00 - 17.00
I arrived back home safely from Ukraine yesterday. I went on a humanitarian mission with MedGlobalOrg, who are helping support hospitals to prepare for the darkest days of this conflict.
We worked with the most amazing people and met patients with the most heart-breaking stories. I was honoured to be able to help Ukrainian victims in the midst of the heart breaking turmoil they are experiencing.
Let’s do all that we can to help support Ukraine.