Ukraine refugees enjoy reunion event at Rauceby Hall

Around 100 Ukrainian refugee families and their hosts from across Lincolnshire came to Rauceby Hall for a get together, just weeks after fleeing the fighting close to their war torn homes.

Ukraine refugees get together at Rauceby Hall.
Ukraine refugees get together at Rauceby Hall.

Jonny and Emma Hoare hosted the friendly event at their home, Rauceby Hall, where they are already playing host to a mother and teenage son, Maria and Borys, staying, with another family hoping to arrive soon when visas are cleared.

Jonny, who has set up a Facebook network called Host Ukrainian Refugees Lincolnshire, to support households in the area looking to take in refugees and work with Ukrainian groups in the UK to assist with integration and moral support.As the number of refugees arriving in the county through the government’s visa sponsorship scheme increases, he felt it was time to help the families reconnect in a non-stressful social event.Jonny said: “I asked all to bring the food and drink they want, there was a barbecueto cook on and garden games to play.Recent figures show that at least 150 Ukrainians seeking sanctuary have already found temporary homes with 70 sponsor families across Lincolnshire.

Jonny said they are building partnerships with a charity for mental health support for children and working closely with Rev Christine Goldsmith and her deanery and aim to signpost to relevant information with a database of offers of things such as transportation, clothing, toys, furniture, equipment, business partnerships, administration, health and wellbeing, respite for hosts, excursions, weekly get-togethers and translation services, as well as fundraising to cover additional costs.

L-R Taras Polosmak 8, Sarah Evans, Matt Evans, Elliott Evans 10
From left - Olya Skiryn with Poliana Skiryn, four, Louise Mumford, Mykhoilo Skiryn, 13, and Mia Garton at the Rauceby Hall get together.
Isla Strange, five, and Alexandra Polosmak try the garden games at the Rauceby Hall get together.
From left - Alla Mozna, Serhii Chervonyi, Iryna Musiyko and Margarita Musiyko with owners of Rauceby Hall, Emma and Jonny Hoare.