#Liverpool4Ukraine

Financial donations

The archdiocese has set up a number of ways to donate to help support the people of Ukraine. 
 
Please see below the numbers to text:
 
Text HELPUKRAINE to 70085 to donate £2
 
Text HELPUKRAINE to 70450 to donate £3
 
Text HELPUKRAINE to 70460 to donate £5
 
Text HELPUKRAINE to 70470 to donate £10
 
(Texts will cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message.)


Other ways for people to donate financially are:
 
By bank transfer to
 
Account name: Archdiocese of Liverpool
Sort code: 40-29-12
Account: 01551493
Reference: Help Ukraine
 
Or by cheque made payable to “Archdiocese of Liverpool” and with “Help Ukraine” written on the reverse, these can be sent to
 
Finance Department
St Margaret Clitherow Centre
Liverpool Archdiocesan Office
Croxteth Drive
Liverpool
L17 1AA


Thank you for all of your donations, so far we have raised over £136,000 - a figure that is increasing on a daily basis. 

#Liverpool4Ukraine trip 3

On Friday 22 July, six drivers in three vans will leave the archdiocese for our third trip to the Ukraine border as part of the #Liverpool4Ukraine appeal. Please keep posted to the website and our social media channels for updates on our journey. 

Day 1 - Friday 22 July

Following a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald at the St Margaret Clitherow Centre and a blessing of the drivers and vans, our 6 volunteer drivers: Martin, Mark, Darren, Andrew, Mike and Leanne; left around 9am for their 6 day journey.

We received a message from Bishop Hryhoriy (Gregory) Komar, Auxiliary Bishop of Sambir-Drohobych Eparchy who we will be delivering the aid to.
 
He said: “Please know that we are praying for your Eminence, and for the drivers and for all who have helped prepare the vans for transport. 
 
“With our love and prayers from Ukraine for our brothers and sister in our sister church in Liverpool.”

 

Day 2- Saturday 23 July

After a long day of travelling, our six drivers stayed at  Dresden, Germany. Whilst there, they came across a peaceful protest to end the war in Ukraine. 

Day 3 - Sunday 24 July

After another long day on the road, the drivers stayed in Rzeszow, Poland to get a rest ahead of meeting Bishop Gregory and the seminarians from Holy Spirit seminary at the border tomorrow morning.

Monday 25 July

 
After leaving the archdiocese on Friday morning, our six #Liverpool4Ukraine volunteer drivers arrived at the border on Monday morning to deliver the aid to Bishop Gregory Komar. The aid will go to a number of refugee centres run by the Church.

To watch a video of our COO Martin Miller speaking to Bishop Gregory about the situation in Ukraine, how they will use the aid and what our support means to them, click here:

#Liverpool4Ukraine appeal - trip 3 - YouTube

Day 4 - Tuesday 26 July

 After staying in Germany for the evening, the drivers set off on another day of travelling. 

Mike & Leanne set off extra early to put in extra mileage to return home ahead of schedule and the other two vans  drove to  Maastricht in the Netherlands for the last evening.


Day 5 - Wednesday 27 July

Today is the final day of the third #Liverpool4Ukraine journey. 

Drivers Martin & Mark started the day off with a run- their fifth of the trip!

They started the three hour journey to the channel tunnel and faced delays at Calais terminal before heading back onto British soil. 


Later that evening, the drivers arrived safely back at the archdiocese. 

Ukrainian Family Hub Warrington

The Ukrainian Family Hub Warrington is looking for volunteers and hosts to support individuals and families from Ukraine.

If you are interested in becoming a host, the hub has families and friends of current hub members who are seeking safety from war.

If you would like more information, please contact the chair of the hub Kate on 07776142938, email admin@ukrainehubwarrington.co.uk or pop into the hub to talk to them.

The hub is open Sunday 11am-2pm and Wednesday 5-7pm and is located at The Daten, Culcheth Sports Club, Charnock Road, WA3 5SH.

You can keep in touch with the hub on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ukrainianhubwarrington


#Liverpool4Ukraine appeal

In March, the Archdiocese of Liverpool launched the #Liverpool4Ukraine appeal.
 
We partnered with the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy (diocese) of Sambir-Drohobych in the Lviv region of western Ukraine as their Bishop Hryhoriy (Gregory) Komar has previously been taught by one of our priests, Father Francis Marsden, while he was studying for the priesthood.
 
Through regular communication with Bishop Gregory, we were able to determine essential items required by the people of Ukraine. We then opened the doors to our 40 parish centres across the archdiocese for people to donate goods based on these requirements. 
 
Thanks to the hard work of volunteers from across the archdiocese as well as parish centre staff, officers at the St Margaret Clitherow Centre and our volunteer drivers, we have been able to send numerous van loads of donations to Ukraine. 
 
The first journey to the polish border happened in March – our four drivers Mike Sharkey, Andy Coley, Dave Lyon and Chris Joynt; travelled for five days, for over 2,800 miles and through six countries to successfully deliver the items to Bishop Gregory and seminarians at the Holy Spirit seminary, Lviv.
 
To view the videos of the handover, visit: Archdiocese of Liverpool - YouTube.

Our connection with Ukraine

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP can be seen wearing a pectoral cross given to him by Bishop Hryhoriy (Gregory) Komar, the auxiliary bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy (diocese) of Sambir-Drohobych in the Lviv region of western Ukraine. The diocese has 220 parishes, with 285 priests serving 400,000 members of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Ordained a priest 20 years ago in Lviv and a graduate of the Jesuit-run Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, Bishop Komar was consecrated in 2014 at the young age of 38 by Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv, the head of the worldwide Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.
 
We have local Ukrainian priest, Fr Taras Khomych, who is a priest  at Liverpool's Ukrainian Catholic Parish - based at St Sebastian's RC Church in Fairfield. Fr Taras led prayers for Ukraine at the cathedral vigil on 4 March, he also comes from Lviv and has family there.
 
A message from Fr Taras Khomych, a Ukrainian priest ministering within our archdiocese:
 
If you know people who are not sure how best to express their support for Ukraine, the Ukrainian Institute in London has posted a list of suggested actions.
A guide to praying for the people of Ukraine
Ecumenical prayers for peace in Ukraine