Richmond Swim Club to help Ukrainian refugees

An amateur swimming club in NORTH Yorkshire has come together to provide a home and a place to train for two refugees from Ukraine who are due to arrive in the UK in a few weeks.

Tymofii and Tkyhon and their mother Irina are due to arrive in the UK in a few weeks where they will be welcomed by the Richmond Dales Amateur Swimming Club and a relative.

As part of the UK’s Ukrainian resettlement scheme, a member of the amateur swimming club applied to provide accommodation for a refugee family.

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According to the swimming club, when the Richmond Dales ASC learned of the news, the council quickly agreed to waive membership fees for the two swimmers, allowing them to train and continue their swimming careers. .

Once settled in, the swimming club coaches will be waiting to introduce the two committed young swimmers, who previously swam for a Kyiv-based club, to their new teammates and their training schedule.

The boys and their mothers have been through a lot of upheaval in recent weeks and months, according to the swimming club, after fleeing their home in Ukraine to Bulgaria.

The boys were able to access training in Bulgaria thanks to the Bulgarian Swimming Federation.

Swim England and Richmond Dales ASC will also be raising money via GoFundMe for families to fly to the UK from Bulgaria.

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Club friends such as NESS Swimwear are also stepping up to support the boys by providing goggles, fins, kickboards, snorkels and bags.

Richmond ASC coach Keith Hall said the whole club had been “affected” by the crisis in Ukraine and spoke about other efforts they had made to address the situation.

He said: “At the start of the war club members raised £1900 in less than 24 hours and used the money to buy essential supplies.

“We then transported the supplies across Europe and to Poland as part of the Catterick and Colburn community effort, led by Councilor Angie Dale.

Mr Hall added that as soon as the club learned that a member was helping to repatriate a family “we knew we wanted to help”.

He added: “As always the whole club has come together with very generous friends like NESS Swimwear and Swim England.

“We hope allowing the boys to join our support club will help them settle into their new surroundings and make the transition to British life.”

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As of this writing, GoFundMe has raised £700 and you can donate to help here

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