Bishop of St Edmundsbury opens his home to Ukrainian refugees

Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich will open his home to refugees Credit: Church of England Suffolk

The Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, Martin Seeley, and his family are offering their home to Ukrainian refugees fleeing their war-torn country and urging others to do all they can to help.

Bishop Seeley said: "We have taken a decision as a family to open our home like others have, to refugees fleeing Ukraine and look forward to welcoming them as soon as possible into our house."

The United Nations estimates 6.5 million people have been displaced inside Ukraine and 3.2 million have fled the country since Russian forces invaded in February.

The UK has launched the Homes for Ukraine scheme allowing people to register their interest in supporting Ukrainians fleeing the war, including opening their homes to refugees.

The UN estimates there are more than three million Ukrainian refugees

The Bishop acknowledged not everyone would be able to offer rooms in their homes, but said there were many ways to help.  

He added: "Still one of the best ways we can help is by donating to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)."

Bishop Seeley said it was not just those fleeing Ukraine who needed help, but also those who were staying behind in the country.

He said: "We need a community-wide response of welcome and support and I urge everyone to do all they possibly can amid this humanitarian crisis.”

The Bishop and his family said they would engage with organisations such as Suffolk Refugee Support, which has expertise in supporting refugees.