Ynys Môn MP Virginia Crosbie praised the response of islanders to the Ukraine crisis in parliament this week as local people give generously to help citizens fleeing the Russian invasion.
Virginia spoke in the House of Commons yesterday during the Support for Ukraine debate.
“This debate is about standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, and standing united as a parliament and as a people,” she told MPs.
“We must give support in every way we can. I can talk about economic sanctions and military support, but today I would like to talk about people – the British people.
“Like many of my colleagues in this place, I am experiencing an avalanche of emails from concerned constituents asking how they can help. An outpouring of love and support for a country that many of the people in my constituency have no connection with and have never visited.
“My constituents want to do something to help. From families in Llanfairpwll, Cemaes and Menai offering rooms to refugees, to an enterprising chap in Holyhead wanting to collect van loads of supplies and a lady in Valley wanting to know how she can donate blankets, the offers of help are pouring in.
“We cannot and will not stand by and watch the war unfold with all the unnecessary suffering that goes with it. We need as individuals and communities to do something – anything – to help.”
Virginia explained the most effective way to support Ukraine was to donate money to a registered charity helping in the region.
“The charity British-Ukrainian Aid and the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain both have fundraising pages online. Big multinational charities such as the Red Cross, UNICEF and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees are also raising money to provide large-scale support,” she said.
“If, like my lovely lady in Valley, people want to donate supplies, the Ministry of Defence has informed me that the Ukrainian Red Cross is the best central point of contact. It can direct people to local collection points to drop off supplies, and the most-needed items are fresh batteries, flashlights, warm clothes, shoes, sanitary products, baby formula, towels and bedding.
“If people would prefer to donate their time or their property, such as my constituents in Menai, Cemaes and Llanfairpwll, please co-ordinate and contact the Refugee Council, which is co-ordinating offers of housing and accommodation. It is also looking for volunteers to support refugees who arrive here.”
She added: “By working together, we can make best use of the resources we have to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our brothers and sisters in Ukraine.”