Welcoming Ukrainians to our neighbourhood
An organisation and fund to support Ukrainian refugees settling locally has been set up through St James’ Church, Biddenham and Great Denham. The plan is to urgently build an initial emergency fund, to enable a quick response to assist the Ukrainians who are arriving here.
We will be seeing Ukrainian children in our schools, local clubs and neighbourhoods and this will be an opportunity for you to make them feel welcome and to offer equipment, clothes or toys in good condition. The journeys through Ukraine to reach here are terrifying with the risk of violent assault and murder. The loss of their homes and jobs and potentially their fathers and husbands is traumatising. Ukrainians settling here are starting life with virtually nothing, so any financial donations are also greatly appreciated.
Funds raised will be held in a restricted account and will be used only to help meet the many needs of those refugees arriving in Biddenham, Great Denham, St Mary’s and wider Bedford for however long our support is required.
Please consider giving to this fund. There are a number of ways you can make a donation:
- By bank transfer – sending your donation to the following account:
Name: Biddenham PCC
Sort Code: 60-02-13 (NatWest Bank)
Account No: 5131 7710
In the reference field please enter “Ukraine” followed by your postcode and house number. Gift Aid will be claimed where possible – adding 25% to the value of your donation.
- By cheque – payable to “Biddenham PCC”.
Please include a note of your name and address so as to allow Gift Aid to be claimed and add “for Ukraine”.
- Place your donation in a yellow Gift Aid envelope (available in St James’ church). Please mark the envelope “Ukraine”.
Donations can be sent to the St James’ Church PCC treasurer at 32a Church End, Biddenham, MK40 4AR. Alternatively, donations can be handed to a churchwarden or simply placed in the weekly collection in St James’ church. Also you can call 01234 353662 or 07973 264647.
Thank you for your invaluable support in welcoming refugee Ukrainians to our neighbourhood.
St James’ Church Ukrainian Support
This post was written by JacquiP