Haydon Wick Parish Council has pledged to make two £2,500 donations to the Disasters Emergency Committee's Ukraine appeal and The British Red Cross to help refugees fleeing war. 

During the Full Council meeting in March, Haydon Wick Parish Councillors considered and discussed the benefits of donating money to local charities rather than sending supplies.

Chairman Vinay Manro said: "I want to state that Haydon Wick Council condemns the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine and stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and their families and friends, including those local to Swindon"

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Councillors have also approved the use of the Council Office meeting room facilities to host a café style drop-in facility for newly arrived Ukrainian nationals.

Councillor Ellen Baker Lee said: "Haydon Wick will be welcoming Ukrainian citizens in the coming months. Having been through much trauma, it occurred to the parish council that they may be feeling quite isolated and homesick.

"We are currently developing a Ukrainian Café facility to assist with this. The café will enable people to meet and socialise in a safe environment. The idea is that we would run it in much the same way as our successful Memory Cafe."