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Welcome dinner held for Ukrainian refugees in Rutland

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Ukrainian refugees are being welcomed with a dinner.

The High Sheriff of Rutland, Geoff Thompson hosted a meal for those have had to flee from their country and are currently living with host families in the country.

A moving speech was given by Yana, a 29-year-old refugee from Donbass in Ukraine, where she discussed the history between the two countries at war.

High Sheriff Geoff Thompson with Ukrainian guests and President Shane James at Rotary
High Sheriff Geoff Thompson with Ukrainian guests and President Shane James at Rotary

She said: “It is very difficult for Ukrainian refugees to stay away from home now because our relatives and friends have stayed there.

“I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart to the United Kingdom for creating a Homes for Ukraine scheme.

“We are very grateful for opportunity, we can feel safe and start a normal life again. I would also like to thank the Rutland community and my sponsor Shane James for her warm welcome and support in any matter. “

She added: “I know that there are many people among you who want to help refugees from Ukraine, but you do not know how.

“I can only say one thing - share the information that there are Ukrainian refugees living in your region who need work, English courses, or just information support.

“If you know people who need employees, tell them about Ukrainians who have come and are looking for work, maybe you will be the person who will make a great contribution to the well-being of Ukrainians in the UK.”

Stamford College with Stamford Diversity Group, Stamford Town Council and the Homes for Ukrainians Stamford and Villages Facebook group will also be hosting a welcome dinner for refugees and their hosts on June 7.

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