Commenting on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Surrey County Council chairman, Cllr Helyn Clack, said:
“Like all Surrey residents, I have been shocked and dismayed by what we have seen in Ukraine as a result of Russia’s invasion, in particular the horrific and barbaric attacks on civilian areas such as hospitals and schools. I have been overwhelmed by the response from Surrey residents, with many communities yet again pulling together in a time of crisis and need to collect donations and supplies for the people of Ukraine. It is this spirit which shines through in times of great adversity.
“As a sign of our support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine, we are flying the country’s flag at our headquarters in Reigate. We are also working closely with the UK Government and today have attended a meeting with senior officials to look at practical ways we can offer support to refugees. This information is now available on our website at https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/community/housing/support-for-ukrainian-nationals.
“I have also been touched by the many residents who have offered to accommodate Ukrainian refugees and we will be working with the Home Office to do all we can to facilitate this. I know residents will want to know how they can do more and I would encourage any who wish to contribute to do so via the British Red Cross’ Disaster Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal in the first instance. We are also seeking further detail from local charity and community groups, as well as the districts and boroughs to see how our residents can help further.
“In the meantime, all our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Ukraine at this awful time, and we hope that this invasion is reversed quickly.”