WYCHAVON District Council will fly the Ukrainian flag above its Civic Centre and is urging residents to back the UK national appeal to help the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing from the war-torn country.
The UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee is co-ordinating the efforts of 15 agencies to help people who have left Ukraine or been displaced to other parts of the country, following the invasion by Russia.
All public donations will be doubled by the UK government, up to a total of £20million.
Coun Bradley Thomas, Wychavon District Council leader, said: “All of us have been horrified at the scenes we have been witnessing in Ukraine caused by an unjustified and unprovoked invasion of their country.
“It’s heartening to see how our communities have swung into action to begin raising money and donations of items to support those affected by the conflict.
“I have asked our officers to work with our voluntary and community sector organisations to support those efforts.
“We also stand ready to do whatever we can to help resettle Ukrainian refugees, should we be asked to do so by the Government.”
And he added he had asked for the Ukrainian flag to be flown outside the Civic Centre as soon as possible as a token of the district’s support and solidarity for the people of Ukraine.
Several community groups and businesses are holding fund-raising events and appeals for donations of items to send to refugees.
Visit wychavon.gov.uk/support-for-Ukraine for more information.
Any other community groups organising events or appeals can add them to the page by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org