Donations to the Evening Standard Ukraine Appeal will go to charities helping thousands of refugees fleeing violence
The list of charities on the ground include the Red Cross, who are supporting refugees fleeing across the border into neighbouring countries as well as those displaced from their homes. Funds will be used to provide food, water, medical supplies and shelter.
Mike Adamson, chief executive of the British Red Cross, said: “We are gravely concerned about the crisis in Ukraine. People are losing their homes and lives; families are being separated.
“Essential services, like water and healthcare, are under threat. Donations will help us reach displaced people in Ukraine and those fleeing to neighbouring countries with food, water… and medicine. Any donation makes a difference.”
The campaign has also announced a partnership with Save The Children, which has worked in Ukraine since 2014.
Gwen Hines, chief executive of Save The Children UK, said: “Millions of children are at grave risk of physical harm and emotional distress. Any family forced from their home needs shelter, food, water – the absolute basics.
We’re also in mid-winter with temperatures below zero, which makes displacement even more dangerous. We’re providing life-saving assistance in the form of food, water, cash. Please help.”
With both campaigns giving money to the same beneficiaries, readers of the Evening Standard and the Independent have raised more than £70,000 in just 24 hours.
Read more about the appeal here.