LIVE UPDATES: How the Lyme Regis community is supporting Ukraine

Tuesday, March 15 2022THE British public, including residents in Dorset, are being asked to consider opening their homes to those fleeing the war in Ukraine.The new Homes for Ukraine Scheme will offer a lifeline to those forced to flee their homes amid Russian invasion, providing a route to those who want to come to the UK who have someone here willing to provide them with a home.It will enable individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to volunteer accommodation and provide a route to safety for Ukrainians, and their immediate family members, forced to escape their homeland.Sponsors should provide accommodation for as long as they are able, but there is a minimum expectation of six months.Those eligible for the scheme will include Ukrainian nationals or immediate family members of Ukrainian nationals, who were resident in Ukraine prior to January 1 2022.People arriving under this scheme will be able to live and work in the UK for up to three years and access healthcare, benefits, employment support, education, and English language tuition.If you have a named person who you wish to sponsor you should get in contact with them directly and prepare to fill in a visa application with all their details and yours. The visa application will go live on Friday, March 18.If you don’t know anyone who you wish to sponsor you may wish to get in touch with charities, faith groups or local community organisations who are starting to make connections between individuals.Full details are available at homesforukraine.campaign.gov.uk

Tom Littledyke leads a convoy of humanitarian aid vehicles on his second trip to Ukraine (photo by Jess Douglas)

Lyme Regis landlord leads convoy of humanitarian aid to Ukraine

Monday, March 14 2022

LYME Regis landlord Tom Littledyke has set off on his second trip to Ukraine to provide supplies and humanitarian aid.

The former Royal Marine Reservist, who runs three hospitality businesses in West Dorset, drove his minibus to Ukraine to deliver supplies and ferry refugees out of the country at the beginning of March amid the Russian invasion.

After returning, he recruited a number of volunteers for a second trip and has now set off again yesterday, leading a convoy of vehicles from his country pub, The Shave Cross Inn, near Bridport.

The volunteers, including several other residents from Lyme Regis, are taking with them a huge amount of supplies, including non-lethal military equipment such as radios, armour and helmets, warm clothing, blankets and medical supplies.

The group will also be leaving several of their vehicles, including out-of-use ambulances, in Ukraine to help with the war effort.

A hugely successful online fundraising appeal led by Tom and his partner Georgia Wellman has now helped raise £21,000 to provide further supplies and aid where needed.

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