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Posted on Mar 1 2022 by Fiona Bailey

Staff at St Andrew’s have sent a clear message of support to the people of Ukraine by lighting up the outside of one of their most iconic buildings.

 On Monday night, when recent figures reported that at least 102 civilians had been killed since Moscow's troops entered Ukraine, half of Fitzroy House was lit in blue and the other half yellow to represent the threatened country's flag.

CEO Jess Lievesley wrote a message of support to all staff, while also pledging his personal support on Twitter.

He said: “On behalf of the leadership team within the charity, we join people around the world in our condemnation at the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I can’t even begin to imagine how Ukrainian nationals, both within the war zone and across the world, must be feeling right now, including those of you who work here at St Andrew’s. Our thoughts are with everyone affected at such a difficult and upsetting time.

“I want you to know we recognise wholeheartedly the vital role Ukrainian nationals and those of Ukrainian origin play in the health and care sector, and the great work you do to support those in our care.”

He also offered “personal support” to anyone who needs it and reminded everyone of the charity’s

trauma support services and HELP Employee Assistance Programme, which assists staff who may be struggling mentally.

Jess signed off the email by reminding everyone that his “door is always open for you all”.