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Sofia Nikolaiets

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I came to the UK from Ukraine in 2017 at the age of 13, with my mother and stepfather who both played violin in the orchestra of the Ukraine National Opera. They fled in order to protect me from a campaign of persecution which was directed towards my family. With the support of my wonderful school - Egglescliffe - I have recovered from childhood trauma and developed into a happy, confident and hard-working young musician. I love singing, playing the violin and piano, and have already reached diploma level in my musical studies.

The Royal Northern College of Music have awarded me a generous scholarship which will cover 100% of my fees. I am hugely grateful to them for their incredible generosity.

Unfortunately after 5 years - and despite support from my MP - the Home Office have still not reached a final decision on our application to remain in the UK. This means that my family and I do not have the right to work, and I cannot apply for student loans or any kind of financial support. We cannot return to Ukraine - our family home has been bombed by the Russian Army and is currently in a war zone.

While I hope we will eventually be treated in the same way as other Ukrainian families fleeing the war, it seems unlikely that the Home Office will process our case in time for me to obtain a student loan and a NI number by mid-September this year and the start of the academic year.

As I have absolutely no means of funding living expenses for my first year at RNCM. I would be very grateful for any donations to support me in my first year at university in September.

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  • Sofia Nikolaiets6 days ago
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    6 days ago
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  • Sofia Nikolaiets6 days ago
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    Sofia Nikolaiets

    6 days ago

    My plan is to keep the JustGiving money until next year, and if I still cannot go to conservatoire I will return the money to anyone who asks for it back. Every penny of it is kept safely in a separate bank account, but I truly believe I will be going to conservatoire next year.

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  • Sofia Nikolaiets6 days ago
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    6 days ago

    Dear all, thank you so much for your generosity. I am incredibly grateful to everyone who donated and sent such lovely messages of support! I was all set to go to RNCM but Sadly the Home Office has not processed my refugee status in time for me to go to the RNCM this year, even though my MP wrote to the Home Office multiple times. Following his advice I have made my own asylum application and the Home Office said it would be straightforward and quick because of my age. I am making new conservatoire applications hoping to go in September 2023

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Page last updated on: 12/1/2022 14.00

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116

  • An admirer

    An admirer

    Sep 2, 2022

    Treasure your talent and know that you have many admirers.

    £500.00

  • Charlotte Perkins

    Charlotte Perkins

    Aug 11, 2022

    🍒🌹🌻🇺🇦🦢🌳🌾

    £20.00

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    Anonymous

    Aug 2, 2022

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    Anonymous

    Aug 2, 2022

    £50.00

  • Alex McNeice

    Alex McNeice

    Aug 1, 2022

    £20.00

  • Louise Simpson

    Louise Simpson

    Aug 1, 2022

    I love the way Mum always smiles especially when playing.

    £20.00

  • Antonia Chapman-Jones

    Antonia Chapman-Jones

    Aug 1, 2022

    £40.00

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