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JCB Gives Homes To 70 Ukrainian Refugees

Original source: Staffordshire Live

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JCB is offering company homes in Staffordshire UK for 70 Ukrainian refugees forced to flee the war in their homeland. Properties in Uttoxeter are being made available and the first family has already moved into a JCB house in the town.


Nataliia Stepanenko has been welcomed to the property with her children Diana, 21, and Denis, 16, as her husband Serhii. Serhii is a JCB sales and service support business manager in Ukraine and currently is still in Ukraine after being conscripted into the army.


Food, clothing and toiletries had been donated by JCB employees to help the family settle into their new home. Now, up to 70 more refugees are also set to be welcomed to JCB properties in the coming weeks, with JCB International House in Uttoxeter being prepared for a large number of families.


JCB chairman Lord Bamford said: "No-one can fail to have been moved by the human suffering caused by the conflict and offering a home to Ukrainian families is the very least we can do. We stand ready to offer as much help as we possibly can."


Nataliia Stepanenko today described how at dawn on February 24, her family woke in their apartment close to the city of Boryspil, near Kyiv, to the sound of loud explosions. With the threat of air raids, they packed essential belongings and fled to the safety of the underground railway station.


Nataliia said: "About 1.5 hours before the curfew started, we then decided to leave Kyiv in a south-easterly direction to our relatives in the Kyiv region and spend the night there.


"We did not even try to go west, since a lot of people went in that direction and there was a huge traffic jam on the roads. The next day my relatives called me and suggested we stay in their house in Western Ukraine in the city of Chernivtsi.


"Our whole journey from Kyiv to the Chernivtsi region lasted four days and on February 27 we arrived there on the same day that Russian troops reached Kyiv and the front line was just 10 kilometres from our home."


At the end of March Nataliia took the decision to take up JCB’s offer of a home and arrived in Uttoxeter earlier this month.


She said: "JCB has provided us with a comfortable home and all the things we need to live. We are very grateful to Lord and Lady Bamford and the JCB team for their support and care for us."


Nataliia’s daughter Diana has taken up work experience in JCB’s industrial design department at the World HQ in Rocester. Meanwhile, her husband Serhii continues to serve in the army while also trying to work to support JCB dealers and customers in Ukraine.



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