The brutal war in Ukraine has triggered the largest war-related migration of people since the Balkan War of the 1990s. The Church of England have a variety of useful resources available on their website with information for parishes and individuals seeking to respond.
We also have some resources available below and in St Mary’s Church you will find a prayer station. The church is open daily from 9.30 am – 2.30 pm for quiet reflection and prayer and anybody is welcome at any time.
The first thing we can do is pray.
Secondly you may wish to give.
There are two safe and secure ways where your gift can support those most in need:
The first is through theDisasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appealwhich is supported by a number of charities including Christian Aid, the ecumenical relief and development agency of the British and Irish churches. Your gift will help provide food, bedding and temporary accommodation for people who have fled the war in Ukraine.
The second is through theUSPG-Diocese in Europe Emergency Appealwhich is looking to support the front line work of chaplaincies across Europe as well as Christian charities carrying out humanitarian work both in Ukraine and responding to the arrival of refugees in neighbouring countries.
Local donations to help Ukrainians
Two Fat Cats Bakery, 6 Bridge St, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1AA
St Erconwalds Church, 22 Esher Avenue, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 2TA
Two Fat Cats Bakery are collecting clothes and items for sponsored women and children who have arrived in England with nothing. They will take any good quality ladies and children’s clothes and toys; first aid kits and female sanitary products. They are also collecting for deliveries to Ukraine, via Poland A collection is being picked up on Monday, 18th April Items requested include Sleeping Bags, Power Banks, Baby Formula milk, Baby wipes, nappies, sudocrem, sanitary products, antiseptic, first aid kits, painkillers.
Similar items can also be donated to St. Erconwald’s who have delivered two truckloads already and plan to deliver more items. To help via St Erconwalds please check the list of items on their website and for the times they are able to receive deliveries – visit www.sterconwalds.org.uk