Ways to support Ukraine
From the Diocese: Many of you will have seen the harrowing television pictures from Ukraine over the last few days and we would like to alert you to some of the ways in which you can help support the Ukrainian people.
Money can be donated to the Diocese of Europe which is working closely with the mission agency USPG. Funds raised will support Christian charities and churches carrying out humanitarian work both in Ukraine and responding to the arrival of refugees in neighbouring countries. Here's a link to their donation page.
Rob and Margaret Bianchi, have been based in our Diocese for many years and run the charity ODM. ODM supports the ARCA project in Moldova, which is seeing a large influx of refugees fleeing Ukraine. ARCA has a campsite and guesthouse which has opened to refugees and is also working with local villages to provide emergency accommodation. An emergency appeal has been launched to buy food, mattresses and other basics. If you can help, please send a cheque made payable to ODM Creative Communications. Their address is 8 Lindisfarne, Washington, Tyne and Wear, NE38 7JR. Or by Bank transfer to:
Account: ODM Creative Communications. Sort Code: 77-20-14. Account No: 16275360. Please put as the reference: Holercani
What is becoming increasingly apparent is that we should be ready to rise to the challenge of welcoming Ukrainians fleeing their country and who end up in the UK. The Sanctuary Foundation, which in the past has worked closely with refugee families from Afghanistan and Syria, is asking individuals, community groups, churches, schools and businesses to register their interest in sponsoring a scheme to help Ukrainian families arriving on our shores, desperately needing our help. The Foundation works alongside the charity RESET, of which Bishop Paul is a trustee. For more information, visit The Sanctuary Foundation.