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Hoping to bring Ukrainian family to a new home in Driffield

A Driffield family is urging the Home Office to speed up its Homes for Ukraine visa applications as they desperately try to arrange for a Ukrainian family to escape the warzone to safety in the Capital of the Wolds.

Sabrina Edge and her husband Tony, who live on Lockwood Street, are hoping to house Vitali and Lillia Malona, as well as their two daughters, 14-year-old Victoria and Ilona, six.

The family fled their home in southern Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia shortly after Russian troops invaded their homeland.

“Our family has built a rapport with theirs and we just want them to come over.”

Sabrina edge

They are currently living with Lillia’s brother at his home over the Moldovan border, leaving their own home just three hours before the Ukrainian government declared that all men must stay to fight.

Sabrina and Tony have matched with the family after doing some research into privately sponsoring a family to stay with them.

With government action on welcoming refugees to the UK being criticised for its slowness, Sabrina is hoping that the Malona family will soon be able to come over.

“We touched base with Lillia and her family on Friday 4th March who had fled their home shortly after the invasion,” she told the Wolds Weekly.

“We knew of potential schemes in other countries where red tape has been lifted and families have been granted visas and moved to safe locations.

“One of my daughters found a Facebook page which matched UK families with Ukrainian ones and since then we have been in regular contact with the Malona family.

“Lillia and Vitali could be here by now if the government wasn’t so slow in arranging for refugees to come over.

“We have two spare bedrooms in our house and can easily accommodate them.

“They are in Moldova but can still hear the bombs in Ukraine.

“Their home isn’t too far away, so they have been going back to collect supplies and even buy food, as Moldova is so expensive in comparison and is now running low.

“Our family has built a rapport with theirs and we just want them to come over.”

Sabrina added that her family has created a WhatsApp group with the Ukrainians where messages, photos and videos are regularly shared.

She said that being in contact with someone fleeing for their lives has made her feel more involved.

“Listening to Lillia, someone who is right there in the warzone, makes our involvement seem even more real,” Sabrina explained.

“Her family is pro-Russia and therefore Lillia and Vitali do not want to stay there for too much longer and would much rather be in Driffield.

“Lillia teaches English as a foreign language, whilst Vitali is a builder, so they will bring something to whatever community they are in.

“They are scared and it is just wrong that someone should feel like that in their own country.

“It’s really affected my youngest daughter, who is 11 and she is preparing a Ukrainian hamper for them.

“Lillia and her family have never flown before and we’ve looked at flights for them, but it is 34-hour journey with waiting times, having to go via Bucharest and Paris from Moldova.”

The Homes for Ukraine scheme will allow refugees from Ukraine to come to Britain, even without family ties, which was a previous requirement.

Those housing refugees will be paid £350 a month if they can offer refugees a spare room or property for a minimum of six months.

Anyone offering a room or home will have to show that the accommodation meets standards and they may have to undergo criminal record checks.

Sabrina added: “We are hopeful that the Homes for Ukraine scheme will speed up this process.

“Lillia said that she is struggling to eat and sleep and previously had to fill out a 20-page document which she was worried she hadn’t done correctly.”

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