Stand with Ukraine
As your Member of Parliament, I stand with Ukraine.
On behalf of our whole community in Dover & Deal, I signed the Book of Solidarity in Parliament.
From White Cliffs country, we give our hearts, our help, our resolve as we Stand with Ukraine
How can you help
Across Dover & Deal people are standing with Ukraine. Across the country, everyone wants to do their bit to support those who have been forced to flee their homes because of the conflict. Here is how you can help.
By giving money to The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal you’ll help DEC charities provide food, water, shelter and healthcare to refugees and displaced families. These charities include the British Red Cross, CAFOD, Christian Aid and Save the Children.
You can follow the link here to donate.
The UK Government will match public donations to this appeal pound-for-pound starting with £20 million.
I’ve donated to DEC and, if you can afford to do so, please do consider donating to DEC.
Community Sponsor Scheme
The UK Government will be launching a new sponsorship scheme to make sure that Ukrainians who have been forced to flee their homes have a route to safety. The scheme will match people, charities, businesses and community groups to Ukrainians who do not have family ties to the UK. Details of the scheme and how you can apply will be published shortly.
I have been so proud of the response already from our community and I am calling for a community scheme for Dover & Deal. To register if you might be able to help, please complete the form here
Donating essential supplies
You can donate cash through trusted charities and aid organisations. Organisations across the UK are also gathering essential supplies, such as clothes, first aid and sanitary products. Many charities and community groups will have lists of items they need. Charities with experience of responding to disasters, like the Red Cross, are very well placed to reach those in need on the ground.
Beware fake news
The UK Government, Ukrainian Government, myself and others have been sharing messages of support and information on social media using the hashtag #StandWithUkraine There is a lot of false information about the conflict and what the UK Government is doing circulating online. Please think carefully about the accuracy of what you share.
What the Government is doing
The UK Government is supporting Ukraine militarily, diplomatically and with humanitarian support.
Military support is being provided to Ukraine including the powerful NLAW anti-tank missile system which has been extremely effective on the ground.
The Prime Minister has been galvanising the West and leading the way in diplomatic discussions. The UK’s leadership has been pivotal in ensuring our allies take action with tough sanctions on individuals, organisations and shutting Russia out of the international banking system. Sanctions have been applied to more than 200 individuals, entities and subsidiaries since the invasion by Russia. This work continues.
The UK has now donated over 320,000 vital medical supplies for Ukraine. Humanitarian money and support is being provided internally within Ukraine and to assist the international humanitarian work for refugees in Poland and other neighbouring countries.
Ukraine Family Scheme
The Home Secretary has set up a special Ukraine Family Scheme for Ukrainians to come to the UK. There is no limit being placed on the number of people the UK may help.
Current estimates are that up to 200,000 people may be welcomed through the family members routes.
In addition, people without family members in the UK will be part of a planned community sponsor programme shortly to be announced.
This is a truly appalling war. The scenes coming from Ukraine are shocking and heart rending.
It’s vital that we do whatever we can to support the people of Ukraine at this terrible time.