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Dundee-based social housing and support provider Hillcrest has donated £13,000 to assist those with learning disabilities who are trapped in Ukraine and unable to seek refuge from the war.
The donation, on behalf of the Hillcrest Foundation and Hillcrest Futures, was made to Inclusion Europe and its Ukrainian members to ensure this money reaches families in need directly. The charity estimates that there are 261,000 Ukrainian citizens who have a learning disability, 30,000 of whom are in residential care homes and around 100,000 disabled people living in institutions in Ukraine, including 80,000 children.
Hillcrest Chief Executive Angela Linton said: “In response to the distressing images we continue to see coming from Ukraine, Hillcrest feels compelled to support Inclusion Europe, who are actively supporting people with disabilities and their families in Ukraine.
“The significant concern around people with disabilities in relation to their personal safety, access to humanitarian corridors and shelters, and the situation in residential accommodation is heartfelt by our whole organisation.
“We hope that this small gesture will go some way to support the work being undertaken to help those vulnerable people, who are disproportionately affected by this unjust war, in the most harrowing and critical of circumstances.”
Led by their partners in Ukraine, Inclusion Europe members across the continent are together calling for:
Donations can be sent to Inclusion Europe in order to best direct and target financial support to people who have a learning disability and their families: www.inclusion-europe.eu/help-ukraine/
Hillcrest Futures, which donated £3000, provides services in the areas of physical and learning disabilities, autism, and older people. Further services include supporting positive mental health and wellbeing, homelessness and drug, alcohol and recovery services.
The Hillcrest Foundation, which donated £10,000, was established through money received from Hillcrest and partner organisations to create positive differences to the lives of others in the areas it operates in.