Fifty orphans from Ukraine are due to arrive in Britain today after supporters of a Scottish football club led efforts to evacuate them.
The youngsters, aged between two and 19, will fly to London with their carers before heading to Scotland later in the week, she reported Sky news.
“The orphans were first transported to Lviv in western Ukraine before crossing the border into Poland, where they were housed in Znin,” Scotland’s said STV News.
Steven Carr, chairman of Edinburgh-based charity Dnipro Kids, founded by supporters of one of the city’s football clubs, Hibernian, flew there Ukraine a few weeks ago to oversee the evacuation of the children to Poland. There they stayed in a hotel, supported by local refugee organizations.
“We have known these children and their caregivers for many years, and when they said they wanted out, we were determined to help,” Carr said.
He added that the charity is “simply grateful and relieved that we are finally taking the children to the safety of the UK and Scotland”.
The children spend a day sightseeing in London before heading to Scotland on Wednesday. Once in Edinburgh they will enjoy a welcome meal at Hibernian’s Easter Road Stadium before heading to Stirlingshire.
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, who has addressed the plight of the orphans in the House of Commons, said it was an “extraordinary and uplifting story”.
Blackford, a Hibernian (Hibs) fan, said: “This made me very proud and I was delighted and privileged to support the hard work of the charity.” He added that the children “will be traveling to Scotland where I know they will be enveloped in warmth and welcome”.
The charity was founded in 2005 when a group of Hibs fans traveled to Dnipro for a UEFA Cup match and organized a fundraiser for local orphans, it was noted The guard. Within 12 months, Dnipro Kids was officially established in Edinburgh and raised £16,000 in donations from supporters.
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