My thoughts and prayers remain with the Ukrainian people who have shown true bravery, patriotism and unity in the face of Putin's unprovoked and barbaric attacks.
I believe we have a moral duty to support Ukrainians and I therefore welcome the further steps the UK Government are taking to support Ukraine in the form of humanitarian aid, military support and sanctions.
As your MP, I have been busy helping local families with relatives fleeing Ukraine, as well as those seeking to sponsor Ukrainian refugees. And yes, I am also frustrated by some of the delays in processing applications and have made my feelings known. If any constituents require assistance in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will ensure to raise any cases of concern directly with officials.
I have been moved by all of the heartfelt offers of support local residents, businesses, schools, and community and faith organisations have offered to Ukraine. I have also met with members from the Ukrainian community in Bexley to discuss how best we can support and co-ordinate the heartfelt offers of local support, both now and as more families start to settle into Bexley.
I have outlined below some of the brilliant local efforts that residents may wish to support:
St John’s Church, Sidcup are accepting donations Monday and Wednesday between 10am-1pm and you can view the items needed on their Facebook page here. A special thanks also to Sidcup BID for all their ongoing community efforts.
St John’s Church, Sidcup are also kindly offering English classes for Ukranians and have suggested to contact them via Facebook for further details.
Sidcup Baptist Church are hosting a Family and Pamper Day on Monday 18th April with all proceeds going to aid for Ukraine, further details can be found here.
The Westwood Masonic Centre, Bellegrove Road, Welling, are also accepting donations Monday to Friday between 8am-1pm and Saturday 10am-12pm. A special thanks to the Freemasons and Welling Roundtable for all their ongoing community efforts.
A local Bexley Village resident, Renata, is also fundraising for a respite centre for Ukrainian orphans fleeing the conflict into Poland and you can donate here.
And last, but certainly not least, Flowers of Bexley and businesses in the Village have been supporting the Road to Kyiv – donations and fundraising efforts.