Dear Friends

As the Principal of Cherwell College Oxford who served as the First Secretary at the British Embassy in Kyiv 2000-2003 and who has many friends and family from Ukraine, I experience first-hand the devastating effects the war in Ukraine has on Ukrainians and those closely related to them.

Likewise, as a British Citizen, living in the UK, I am aware of problems in the UK which are a by-product of the wider, far-reaching consequences this war in Europe brings to the world.

Hence, my message is clear and unambiguous: the war in Ukraine concerns everyone – or rather anyone not indifferent to the prosperity and peace in their own country and for their future generations.

Although, we all may have our own view as to what the world leaders should or should not do to resolve the crisis, in all these differing opinions there is one aspect which must be integral to us all: humanity.

As such, the college community is following the terrible news from Ukraine with distress and empathy for our Ukrainian friends and colleagues at Cherwell College.

Being a small tutorial College, with a student body of 50 (a close-knit community), both staff and students have been actively involved in fundraising as well as awareness-raising in and around Oxford.

Cherwell College Oxford has now partnered with the international charitable foundation – “Stand With Ukraine” and smaller local volunteering organisations in Kharkiv, Eastern Ukraine (one of the worst affected regions).

One of our friends in Kharkiv is Svetlana Filatova of Telesens Ukraine who works tirelessly for the volunteering organisation called “Peace to Kharkiv” which provides basic aid (such as food and medicines) to the most vulnerable residents of Kharkiv: children, elderly, sick and disabled.

We receive numerous appeals from people on the ground in Ukraine requesting financial and humanitarian aid.

Any further money raised will go to the ongoing costs of sending any financial and humanitarian aid as this aid is going to be needed for many months ahead.

Yours faithfully
Stephen Clarke
PayPal
We are hoping to set up a PayPay account soon, so you can donate more easily.

In the meantime, for UK to UK account transfers we have opened a separate account as follows:

A/c name: Oxbridge College
A/c no: 77521860
Sort-code: 30-94-28

Payment ref: Ukraine Aid
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JULY UPDATE

Very many thanks to our dear friend and entrepreneur - Azad who organised a fundraiser in support of Ukraine at one of his restaurants - The Taj Indian, Evesham tajevesham.co.uk

The evening of Friday (8th July) featured Indian cuisine, disco music from the 80s and traditional Ukrainian attire, and was attended by Evesham’s local community as well as our Ukrainian colleagues from Cherwell College Oxford!

50% of the evening’s proceeds will go to the charitable organisation - “Peace to Kharkiv”

JUNE 2022 UPDATE

In times of war, we feel our unity with the people of Ukraine, and our duty to support the unique culture and heritage of this country.

As such, we are so pleased to announce that the three-day Bouquet Kyiv Stage Festival will take place in Oxford between 27-30 September 2022 under the umbrella of the Ukrainian Culture Weeks!

Ukrainian Culture Weeks Cherwell College Oxford St John's Orchestra Oxford University Ukrainian Society Bouquet Dom Master Klass
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MAY 2022 UPDATE

We are so happy to welcome a group of students from Ukraine who are staying with us for a couple of weeks.

Dinner for Ukraine

APRIL 2022 UPDATE

Taking part in the Fundraising Dinner for Ukraine as organised by the Oxford University Ukrainian Society.

The Oxford Donation Drive for Ukraine

MARCH 2022 UPDATE

Initiated by the Oxford University Ukrainian Society, our young Cherwellians are taking part in the Oxford Donation Drive for Ukraine.

Student volunteers from Cherwell College have been helping with receiving and sorting donations before they can be transported to the refugee camps at the Ukrainian border with Poland.