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Ukraine invasion / Community rallies to help Ukrainian refugees

THE LOCAL branch of the Labour Party will donate £1,000 to the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis appeal.

The move found unanimous approval during the party’s virtual annual general meeting on Wednesday night when proposed by Averil Simpson and seconded by Tom Morton.

Newly re-elected party chair Susan Bowie said the donation reflected widespread concern in the isles about the situation in Ukraine.

“I think all of us in Shetland are heartbroken at the terrible suffering being endured by folk in Ukraine,” she said, “and the refugees fleeing the war there. Anything the local Labour Party can do to help, we will.”

Meanwhile the Shetland Solidarity with Refugees group will be opening a pop-up shop at the Toll Clock Shopping Centre from Monday to raise funds for the country and collect donations of much-needed items.

Items should be packaged/boxed and labelled before donating. All toiletries and baby items must be new and unopened. All other items must be either new or in good and clean condition.

Organisers said they were overwhelmed by the response to their request for help to run the pop-up shop for a period of two weeks.

“We would like to thank you all so much for your help kindness and offers of help and if we haven’t got back to you it’s due to the overwhelming response and just haven’t had the time,” they said in a social media message.