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Local Ukraine charities receive Crosby Lions backing

Two Sefton charities, who provide support for Ukrainian families arriving in the area, have been boostedInternational Ukraine Flag https://www.maxpixel.net/International-Ukraine-Flag-2684771 by generous donations from the Crosby and District Lions. Sefton 4 Good’s Sefton Ukraine Welcome Appeal and Crosby Methodist Circuit’s Ukraine Welcome Centre have both received £245 from the club.

Vital support

Earlier this year, Sefton 4 Good, in partnership with Sefton Council and local VCF sector organisations set up their Ukraine appeal.

Their fundraising efforts have helped to support families from Ukraine with clothing, equipment, travel cards and other needs. They provide support within the community by creating social and cultural networks for those moving to the borough.

Angela White OBE, Chief Executive of Sefton CVS, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Crosby & District Lions for this donation to our appeal which supports Ukrainian guests settling in Sefton.

“This fund is enabling us to supply them with items including SIM cards, digital equipment, books, new clothing and toys, taking into account their individual needs as they arrive.”

Community assistance

Meanwhile, the Blundellsands-based Ukraine Welcome Centre provides practical support to families moving from Ukraine.

The centre, based in the Methodist Church, provides a communal kitchen, leisure areas and IT access for families. They also take donations of clothing, household goods and toiletries to support those affected by the war.

Generosity

Ukraine Welcome Centre Co-ordinator, Alan Lewis, said: “Members of the Lions have visited the centre on several occasions and have been really supportive. This donation will assist greatly in improving our children’s facilities. Thank you so much Lions for your generosity.”

Commenting on the donations Sue Tyson, President of Crosby & District Lions, said: “We are so pleased to be able to help these local groups in their important work.

“Lions Clubs International has already donated funding of over £100,000 to Lions serving in Poland, Hungary, Romania, Austria and the Slovak Republic to help support Ukrainian refugees who have crossed their borders, as well as those people within the Ukraine.”

Other donations to the two appeals are always welcome. You can donate to the Sefton Ukraine Welcome Appeal by visiting sefton4good.org.uk and the Ukraine Welcome Centre by contacting crosbyuacentre@gmail.com.

To find out more about Sefton Council’s Homes for Ukraine scheme, which helps to provide support for those in the borough offering housing to people fleeing Ukraine, visit Homes for Ukraine.