Showing our support for the people of Ukraine

Saffron Walden Ukraine support: group packing up donations

People helping Saffron Walden resident Kateryna Shotropa pack donated items which have been boxed up and driven to the Ukraine border - Credit: Kateryna Shotropa

As the War in Ukraine continues into its second month, the humanitarian response is gathering pace to support the innocent victims of a conflict that has prompted disbelief, anger and sadness in the hearts and minds of people across the world. 

In the face of the Russian attacks, Ukrainian people have had little choice but to flee their homes and seek refuge in other countries – they have lost their homes, their belongings, their livelihoods and, in some cases, their lives. 

The depth of feeling in support of the Ukrainian population has been overwhelming, which we have demonstrated through the many stories published across Archant’s newspaper portfolio.

From charitable acts and fundraising initiatives to people who have opened their homes to refugees - the support efforts have been considerable and remain increasingly important as the war continues. So too are the symbols of hope with the national colours of Ukraine adorning ribbons, flags, flowers alongside powerful messages of support. 

A refugee hub was set up at Stansted Airport to welcome refugees as they arrive, while both Essex County Council and Uttlesford District Council have all put support in place to help Ukrainian refugees.

In Saffron Walden, resident Kateryna Shotropa's husband and his father delivered items via van to the Ukrainian border, while Frank Riccio Hairdressing donated all their money from a day's worth of appointments to the Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal for mothers and children.

Meanwhile in Great Dunmow, transport and freight company ContainerLift has helped to move goods to support the people of Ukraine - delivering a 40ft shipping container full of donated aid. 

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At St Mary's Church, a prayer tree has been covered in yellow and blue ribbons, with the congregation asked to pray for the people of Ukraine.

Archant has launched its own symbol of support with the Ukrainian ribbon which you will find across all of our mastheads in print, online and on our social media channels. 

We encourage our loyal readers and customers to show their support by visiting www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal