Lib Dem candidate for Handside, Michal Siewniak, who organised the Stand in Solidarity event on 26th February, reflects on the day:
'The short get together today in Welwyn Garden City Town Centre was so important. It was emotional, moving, difficult and beautiful in so many different ways and yet, despite feeling emotional, angry, empty and helpless, I felt blessed that I was able to be part of the event.
Almost 150 in were in attendance. Many participants travelled from different areas: Hatfield, Hitchin, Harlow, Harrow, Ware, Waltham Cross, and Cheshunt. Who attended? Local residents, local Councillors, members of the Ukrainian community, people from Belarus, Tunisia, Poland, Lithuania, Finland; groups and individuals who wanted show their support to those in desperate situations.'
What next? Please email Grant Shapps (or your local MP) and help put pressure on the government to do more for the Ukraine. Please donate to a relevant organisation. There are plenty of humanitarian organisations providing practical support for Ukrainian communities. You can donate through the Red Cross here: