A special evening commemorating Ukrainian culture is taking place at Rochester Cathedral on the 24th February.
The event has been jointly organised by Rochester Cathedral and Medway Help for Ukrainians Both were keen to mark this date with unity and solidarity, and felt the Cathedral provided a space for people to come together to do this. Over the past year Medway has welcomed many Ukrainians.
Medway Help For Ukrainians was formed in March 2022 to support Ukrainians arriving here, both under the Homes For Ukraine scheme and under family visa sponsorship. They provide support in all aspects of their lives to ensure dignity and a warm welcome. This includes helping the children into schools, medical needs, translation services, English lessons, access to the UK’s systems and, of course, friendship.
The Ukrainian Cultural Evening will include music, prayers and poetry. Ewa Belmas, a Ukrainian organist living in Kent, will be performing. She will be joined by a Ukrainian Children’s Choir formed by Medway Help For Ukrainians, and other musicians.
Outside, the Rochester Cathedral spire will be lit in the colours of the Ukrainian flag.