Chris Tarrant reflects on living with a Ukrainian refugee family including a ten-month-old baby

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Chris Tarrant has reflected on living with a Ukrainian refugee family after he welcomed them into his Berkshire home amid the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

The TV personality, 75, described the family – a Ukrainian woman, her elderly mother and ten-month-old baby – as ‘so sweet’ as he gushed that he ‘loves’ them. The woman’s husband remained in the country to fight Russian forces.

Chris and his partner Jane Bird have been living with the family for around a month, after they were inspired to act after seeing television footage of the atrocities in Ukraine. 

War: Chris Tarrant has reflected on living with a Ukrainian refugee family after he welcomed them into his Berkshire home amid the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine

War: Chris Tarrant has reflected on living with a Ukrainian refugee family after he welcomed them into his Berkshire home amid the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine

He has described his unexpected joy at seeing the young girl living a ‘normal’ life under his roof as he admitted that he never liked his own children – Toby, 30, Jennifer, Sammy and Helen – when they were babies.

Speaking on The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X on Friday, he explained: ‘I’m obsessed with this kid. I never particularly liked my own children as babies. I didn’t, I like when they’re about two and they toddle and… Toby [Tarrant, Radio X presenter] at that age was revolting. No change. 

‘But this little girl and you look at her and you go, God, I mean, she’s just running around my place, enjoying it, playing with toys, just having a normal life.

‘And you think what could have happened if she’d stayed behind? With this sick, evil monster running the thing? Just unbelievable.’

Support: Chris and his partner Jane Bird have been living with the family for around a month, after they were inspired to act after seeing television footage of the atrocities in Ukraine

Support: Chris and his partner Jane Bird have been living with the family for around a month, after they were inspired to act after seeing television footage of the atrocities in Ukraine 

Chris said they are all adjusting well to living together and said the elderly woman, who doesn’t know English’, says ‘safe’ to him as she has escaped the war-torn country.

He said: ‘I love them. I tell you what, it’s a mum, she speaks no English at all. She just keeps putting the thumbs up to me and going ‘safe’. Just because she’s safe.

‘No, she’s just so sweet. And the mum, the mum of the little girl, she’s about 30 and she speaks good-ish English, and the little girl just gurgles in Ukrainian, I think, but she’s 10 months old, she’s just about to walk.’

The former Who Wants To Be A Millionaire presenter said he believes that a lot of Britons want to welcome Ukrainian refugees into their homes but are unable to do so due to the ‘red tape’ as he described it as a ‘shambles’.

'I love them': The TV personality, 75, described the family - a Ukrainian woman, her elderly mother and ten-month-old baby - as'so sweet'

‘I love them’: The TV personality, 75, described the family – a Ukrainian woman, her elderly mother and ten-month-old baby – as ‘so sweet’

He has previously criticised the government’s Homes For Ukraine scheme as ‘civil service bureaucratic c**p’ due to ‘red tape’ facing those fleeing war.

He previously told the Sun: ‘People are desperate to get into this country and they can’t get through all that red tape.

‘When you consider all the people who do get into this country, you think, ‘For God’s sake, the Ukrainians — of all people — we should be giving priority to’.’

Chris said the situation in Ukraine made him feel ‘helpless’, but after a friend asked if he would like to help he said he decided to get involved in the scheme.

Refugees: Figures reveal 6,600 refugees have arrived through the Homes for Ukraine scheme despite more than 150,000 people registering their interest to house Ukrainians in February

Refugees: Figures reveal 6,600 refugees have arrived through the Homes for Ukraine scheme despite more than 150,000 people registering their interest to house Ukrainians in February

He said he managed to avoid the red tape facing many Brits, allowing the family to move in after the woman’s husband sorted their paperwork to get them through Poland and into the UK.

When he first contacted the family Chris said they were sleeping on airport floors in Poland having escaped from the ‘hellhole’ in Ukraine. 

But he now helps the ‘lovely’ family – who speak very little English – with shopping and other odd jobs. 

Chris, who filmed in Ukraine two years ago for his Channel 5 programme Extreme Railways, described the Ukrainian people as ‘gentle, nice people’.

‘There’s no question — Putin is worse than Hitler’, he added. ‘He’s just a sick, evil man. What he’s doing is beyond belief. It is genocide, it is war crimes.

‘The human spirit is still very strong. You never really thought the Ukrainians would be as tough as they are, but they are so strong and so courageous.’

Recent figures revealed that just 6,600 refugees have arrived through the Homes for Ukraine scheme despite more than 150,000 people registering their interest to house Ukrainians in February.

Listen to The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X, weekdays from 6:30am – 10am and Saturdays 8am – 11am, on air and on Global Player.

Difficulties: The presenter said he believes that a lot of Britons want to welcome Ukrainian refugees into their homes but are unable to do so due to the'red tape'

Difficulties: The presenter said he believes that a lot of Britons want to welcome Ukrainian refugees into their homes but are unable to do so due to the ‘red tape’

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