Ukraine aid appeal raises £120m in five days

The Disasters Emergency Committee said it had seen a “generous response” to the fundraiser.

Isobel Frodsham
Tuesday 08 March 2022 11:40
A woman wrapped in thermal blanket fleeing from Ukraine, waits to board a bus at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland (Visar Kryeziu/AP/PA)
A woman wrapped in thermal blanket fleeing from Ukraine, waits to board a bus at the border crossing in Medyka, Poland (Visar Kryeziu/AP/PA)

An appeal raising money to provide aid to people fleeing Ukraine has reached £120 million in five days.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) said it had seen a “generous response” to the fundraiser, which was launched last Thursday.

The total is currently at £120 million and includes £25 million matched by the UK Government.

It said the cash donations mean that DEC member charities which are receiving the donations can “scale up” their response to meet people’s urgent needs, but also continue to support them in rebuilding their lives over the months and years to come.

Madara Hettiarachchi, DEC director of programmes and accountability, said: “This incredible support will help meet people’s urgent needs today and help them rebuild their lives into tomorrow.

“Every person who has donated, fundraised and helped to spread the word can be proud to be supporting people who have had their lives torn apart by this devastating conflict.”

The DEC, which is made up of 15 leading UK aid charities aiming to raise funds quickly and efficiently at times of crisis overseas, said “generous donations” have been made by the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge among others.

Saleh Saeed, DEC chief executive, speaking at a press conference to launch the drive last week (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Celebrities involved in highlighting the appeal include Game Of Thrones star Kit Harington, Trigger Point actor Adrian Lester, Hot Fuzz actor Simon Pegg, Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville and Doctor Who star David Tennant.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than two million Ukrainians have fled to nearby European countries following Russia’s invasion into the nation on February 24, prompting a war.

Poland has seen the bulk number of refugees cross its border, with around 1.2 million arrivals.

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