Leeds couple offer Ukrainian family a brand new home – right next to theirs

A kind family from Leeds have given a brand new home to a Ukrainian family fleeing the Russian-Ukrainian war – close to home.

Kate Moran, who lives in Rawdon, Leeds, was scrolling on Facebook in April when she came across a post about a Ukrainian family in need of accommodation. The mum-of-two sprang into action and was able to give the family a new home, find school places for their children and help them feel good.

Kate, who has a six-year-old son named Franklin, and a three-year-old daughter, Corinne, with husband Ross, said the Moran family felt they ‘can’t just sit and do nothing’ with the guest room she had. “We have quite a large property in Leeds, you see, and a cottage very close to our house with a double bed and its own kitchen,” she explained.

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As soon as we heard what was going on we wanted to get in touch – we just thought we had a brand new building and we just couldn’t accommodate anyone there.” After finding the family via social media, the Leeds mum immediately contacted the person who shared the post and things “got out of hand from there”.

Kate, who is a stay-at-home mum and volunteer at Leeds Baby Bank, and her business owner husband, said the process took “quite a long time”, and it took five weeks before the family can come to the UK. The Ukrainian family, made up of children aged 5, 11 and 13, hails from a small village in Ukraine.

She said: “They don’t really like to talk to me much about Ukraine and what’s going on. But luckily I think they heard their village was a target so they managed to get out before “Kate added. Lesia, Vadym and their sons Bohdhan, Vadym and Pavlo left Ukraine and took a tram to Poland in an effort to protect their family.

Explaining their trip to the UK, Kate said: “After all the paperwork and everything was done, things were pretty straight forward. They had money to book their own plane tickets straight to Leeds airport Bradford, and they weren’t sure at first if the father could come first so they were happy that he could come too.”

The family arrived at LBA on Saturday May 7 and have been happy ever since, Kate said. “What’s great is that in the house they have their own space and can do whatever they want.

“We also hang out. Their kids and my kids are always playing outside together and mingling.” Kate said a Leeds Facebook group had donated toys, clothes and even electronics such as mobile phones to the family.

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Speaking of her gratitude to the Moran family, mother-of-three Lesia said: “We are sincerely grateful for the support and help from the British people and personally from the Moran family.”

Also, on Monday May 9, Kate took Bohdhan, Vadym and Pavlo to see where they would go to school in Rawdon as well. But, the mother-of-two added that although she had set up a home and a school for the family, the parents were out of work.

She said: “I didn’t know how they could make money here, we just thought how they could make money when they couldn’t make it. You can’t just come in and find a job.” Kate decided to create a Go Fund Me page for the family.

She added: “They have arrived with very little and although the local community has been incredibly generous so far with donations of clothes and toys, they will need all the help they can get.

“Of course we will provide them with all the basics they need, but I thought it would be nice if they had some money to buy themselves a coffee, or their three sons an ice cream. at the park – mere privileges that we take for granted, but have been unjustly deprived of.”

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Edward L. Robinett