Edge Hill University students and staff have been showing their support for Ukraine by raising money to support refugees and offering accommodation and education to Ukrainian students.
In response to the war in Ukraine staff and students felt compelled to help all those affected by the conflict. Senior Lecturer in Social Work Ciaran Murphy organised a ‘Walk of Solidarity’ on Wednesday for students, staff and members of the local community to show their support for Ukraine.
The event served as a poignant reminder of the difficulties faced by millions of Ukrainians and the huge wave of support they have received from all corners of the world. On the day donation buckets were dotted all over the University and a dedicated JustGiving page was set up with the aim of raising funding for charities working in Ukraine.
Senior Lecturer in Social Work Ciaran Murphy said: “As social workers my students, colleagues and I all feel that we have a unique duty of care to look after the vulnerable and help wherever possible. In that spirit we wanted to do something to show our support for Ukrainian people and raise money to help with their plight. I’ve been overwhelmed with support from our community and together we’ve raised £1469 so far.”
Edge Hill have also offered accommodation and education for Ukrainian students fleeing the conflict so that their education is not affected by the war.
Vice-Chancellor John Cater said: “Our thoughts are very much with all those affected by the war in Ukraine. Edge Hill University is working with Universities UK and the European University Network and has offered to welcome Ukrainian students who have been displaced by the conflict. We will ensure their education continues despite the crisis and help them adapt to life outside of Ukraine.
“We are also offering extra targeted support to any affected students and staff who are already with us by signposting support services and all the ways in which they can help alleviate the crisis.”
If you have been affected by the ongoing crisis or would like to do something to help visit Edge Hill’s dedicated webpage for more information.