Carer relieved at securing autistic Ukrainian teen’s visa

A woman who has been trying to bring a boy with severe autism from Ukraine to the UK for months has said finally securing his visa was “a great relief”.

Julie Elliot applied to help 16-year-old Timothy through the government’s Homes for Ukraine (HfU) scheme in March, but his age made him ineligible. She was so determined to help him that she and her husband adopted him to try and cut through red tape. She said she was thrilled he would now be joining her family in Lancashire.
The HfU scheme, which was set up shortly after the conflict broke out in Ukraine, requires strict sponsor checks before unaccompanied children can travel to the UK.

The 62-year-old, who is from the Ribble Valley and has four biological and 10 adopted children, was first put in touch with the teenager’s mother Anna in Kyiv by the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity.

She said Timothy, who is non-verbal, had become distressed at his home in Kyiv when it was bombed as he “couldn’t process what was going on”. He was later evacuated to Poland.

Mrs Elliot said she and Timothy’s birth mother Anna were “absolutely thrilled to bits” about his visa and it was “a great relief” to both women. Timothy will now travel to the UK in the coming days.

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Charles Ghose graduated the University Of Greenwich London with a BA in Communications and Media. His university life was very enriched by his very active participation in various University societies. Charles ran the gamut of campus student communities; he was involved with the Politics and Debate Societies, Students Union, and University Of Greenwich Choir, and chamber choir. Charles Ghose acts as an independent contractor working in the very lucrative Freelance Translator Field. He has been hired by various International Humanitarian NGO's, private corporations, and The Overseas Fellowship Mission. Charles has also lead workshops for employers on the theme of mindfulness training courses for the improvement of employee’s health and well-being. Charles is a strong believer that a happy work force adds to higher productivity and loyalty to a company by employees.

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