Lyubotin – Dumfries Trip

Help some Ukrainian kids take some time out and visit Scotland

We are asking for your help to break down barriers, contribute to cultural education, and simply give some children and young people relief from the consequences of conflict.

Since December last year, a Ukrainian teacher, a doctor in exile, and a Scottish artist have been using the internet to run an online conversation club for pupils from a small Ukrainian town called Lyubotin, near the city of Kharkiv, in the east of Ukraine.

Flyer with information about helping children from the Ukraine get to Scotland for a break.
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These children are all connected with the Ukrainian “Help Lyubotin” voluntary organisation. Those who care for them are active volunteers, or serving in the military. They cannot leave as they have committed to helping in the Ukraine.

We would like to give their children the chance of a break from the conflict and to actually visit some of the places we have been talking about online. 

We need money to pay for:

Flights, Visas, and Travel in the UK


We have planned that the trip run between 16th and 26th of August. (Did you know that it can cost £115 a person for a visa to visit the UK?) The Lyubotin council are providing some funding, and the children’s families are contributing as much as they can. We have the funds to guarantee that they will have an excellent place to stay and food to eat while they visit. Two teachers will accompany seventeen children and young people.

We need to raise funds to boost what we have already got and get them here though!

Some of the children have lost parents in the war, and you can imagine the many other challenges that those who look after them face.
Can you help ?

Simon Lidwell has set up a “Just Giving” Page to make it easier to contribute online.

The money needed for travel and accommodation within the UK part of the trip is being collected by the “Lockerbie Friends of Ukraine” who look after the Ukrainian POW chapel near Lockerbie.

Please donate by bank transfer to:

“Lockerbie Friends of the Ukraine”

Royal Bank of Scotland, Dumfries Branch

Sort: 832503

AC: 00174912

And use the reference “ChildrensTrip”

Can you help us raise £250 a child to match the Lyubotin council contribution?

Despite the continuing high cost of living putting a strain on some households, UK travellers are budgeting more for their overseas holiday spending, with an average spend of £369 each during a short break, rising to £660 for a longer break

Abta website, retrieved 26/6/24

Who are you helping?

Who is coming and where are they coming from? Click the headlines to find out more about who you are helping by supporting this group:

What will they do when they get here?

Barcaple outdoor centre is providing a place for them to stay and a programme of activities. The centre is in the countryside near Kirkcudbright. Throughout the year groups of young people from clubs and schools use the on site facilities for things like canoeing and rock climbing.. They also have minibuses to take the pupils on trips to explore beaches, lochs, castles, galleries and the heritage of Scotland.

The young people from Summerhill in Dumfries are going to meet up for a picnic and tell them about what Caerlaverock Castle means to them. We used a video made by the young people already in the online conversation club run by the Ukrainian teachers.

With their generous subsidy and some direct donations we have the basic costs of this covered. Any surplus in the travel fundraising will be used to cover costs in expanding the range of activities available.

Accommodation and Activity Funding Raised

(We have raised enough to provide room and board. This means we can meet the Visa conditions and give them a holiday)