Highcliffe Nursing Home care worker Kasia Rudzinska gives up flat in Poland to Ukrainian family
A NURSING home worker in Highcliffe has given up her flat in Poland to a Ukrainian mum and her three children.
Polish Kasia Rudzinska, who returns home for four months a year, has a house in Zabrze, about four hours' drive from the Ukraine border.
After hearing heartbreaking stories from her coalminer husband Krysztof and their two daughters, they have offered a flat attached to their property.
She also encouraged her colleagues at Highcliffe Nursing Home to contribute to local refugee support group Help from Bournemouth to Ukraine, and have collected items ranging from sleeping bags, hats and scarves to toys, colouring books and toothpaste
Kasia said: “Everyone knows about the large number of refugees trying to find shelter in Poland. However, not everyone knows they are mothers with children, the disabled and elderly.
“Most of them became homeless after crossing the border; they have nowhere to go and cannot communicate as they cannot speak Polish.
“At this time of the year the temperature drops down to -6C at night."
She said it was a “completely natural and a unanimous decision” to open the door of their flat to refugees.
“We welcomed a lovely lady called Oksana with her three children Ewa, 10, Nastyia, 11, and Denis, 16,” she said.
“They cannot speak Polish but fortunately she is an English teacher so we can speak English. Her husband is a policeman in Ukraine.
“She does not know how long they will be in Poland but strongly believes the terrible time will end some day and she will be able to take the children back home.”