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Hibs charity's outstanding efforts leads to new life for 50 Ukrainian orphans

 

Amazing effort by the little known charity set up in 2005

A charity set up by Hibs FC has safely evacuated 50 orphan children from Ukraine to Scotland.

The children fled Ukraine with support from Dnipro Kids, a charity set by the club’s fans.

Home Secretary Priti Patel announced last week that the Ukrainian authorities had confirmed they would be allowed to seek temporary sanctuary in Scotland.

They come to Scotland on Wednesday - initially spending a few weeks in Callander before moving to Edinburgh.

Dnipro Kids chairman Steven Carr said: “We are just thankful and relieved that we are getting the kids to the safety of the UK, and to Scotland, at last.

"We've known these children and their carers for many years, and when they said they wanted to get out we were determined to help."

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, who raised the issue of the orphans in the House of Commons, praised Dnipro Kids for the "extraordinary and uplifting story".

He said: "As a Hibs fan myself, this has been a source of great pride and I was delighted and privileged to help.

"It has been an at times arduous process but bringing these children to safety has been an absolute vindication of all the hard work.

"They will head to Scotland where I know they will be enveloped in warmth and welcome."

He added: "Today is all about the Dnipro Kids.

"I am delighted beyond words that they will finally be here but I also hope this inspiring moment will be the start of a much bigger change that can ensure many more displaced children will also be able to find sanctuary in Scotland and the UK."

 

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