Wednesday 24 August 2022 marked the anniversary of the Ukrainian Declaration of Independence, exactly six months from the start of the Russian invasion, and 31 years since establishing their independence from what was then the Soviet Union in 1991. 

Throughout the conflict, the British public have continued to support the people of Ukraine wherever they may be, and the residents of Fylde have exemplified this spirit, generously opening their homes to those fleeing the war. 

Across the borough, 63 sponsors have stepped forward to provide a safe home to a total of 138 Ukrainian guests so far, with a further 35 due to arrive in the coming weeks; the Ukrainian flag flies proudly at Charlie’s Mast this week on Lytham Green, and the Lytham Windmill is lit in blue and yellow as a sign of solidarity with those Ukrainians both here and abroad. 

Cllr Karen Buckley, Leader of Fylde Council, said: “The crisis unfolding daily in Ukraine has touched the hearts of people across the world, and it is a credit to the character of our residents that even at a time when many are struggling, they have given so much, whether sharing their homes, sending in-demand essentials to the needy, or offering what financial support they could spare.” 

If you would like to offer a home to people fleeing Ukraine, you can become a sponsor as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme. Visit the central government website for more information about eligibility and how to record your interest. 

If you are a representative of a voluntary or community organisation, a registered charity, a constituted group or club, or a social enterprise, funding is available across the Fylde coast to aid community integration of Ukrainian Refugees. Visit the Lancashire County Council website for more information. 


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