100,000 Ukrainian Orphans in Peril- Baroness Cox and CEO Sam Mason Sign Letter to The Times

22 March 2022

Whilst HART does not work with partners in Ukraine, Founder President Baroness Cox and CEO Sam Mason have signed a letter, published in The Times, which calls for support for the 100,000 Ukrainian orphans who are threatened by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The letter reads as follows:


ORPHANS IN PERILSir, Among the millions of children still in Ukraine there are up to 100,000 orphans housed in nearly 700 children’s homes, according to Save the Children. Half the orphans are said to be disabled. These children are at increased risk of exploitation, abuse, neglect and human trafficking. Only a few thousand of them have been evacuated so far and there are concerns that these children will be left behind. They need our urgent assistance with evacuation and with finding them a home.

We urge the government to work with other countries and international bodies such as the UN and the Council of Europe to ensure that these children are evacuated and given help, and to prevent any risk of them being trafficked. We have a duty to protect the most vulnerable members of society and cannot leave these vulnerable children behind in Ukraine as Putin’s war rages on.

Signatories include but are not limited to:

Brendan O’Hara, SNP MP for Argyll and Bute; Yasmin Qureshi, Labour MP for Bolton South East; Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws QC; Lord Alton of Liverpool; Baroness Cox; Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP, Leader, Democratic Unionist Party;  Archbishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London; the Right Rev Philip Mounstephen, Bishop of Truro; Dr Ewelina U. Ochab, IBAHRI programme lawyer; Ján Figeľ, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture and Youth 2004-9; Sam Mason, CEO of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust; Joe Collins, Co-Executive Director, Yet Again UK; Jaya Pathak, Co-Executive Director.

The letter can also be found here:


HART does not work in Ukraine and therefore cannot accept donations for this purpose, however we do stand in solidarity with all people suffering due to war.

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