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£500,000 donation to be split between British Red Cross and UK for UNHCR

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Wednesday 09 March 2022

The Policy & Resources Committee can today confirm the donation of £500,000 it recently announced to support the people of Ukraine will be split equally between two organisations, the British Red Cross and UK for UNHCR. Both organisations will receive £250,000.

Red Cross teams are working both within Ukraine and in neighbouring countries providing essential aid to people impacted by the conflict. Ukrainian Red Cross volunteers are providing first aid, warm clothes, and support in shelters and metro stations. Red Cross teams in bordering countries are providing psycho-social support, hot food and drinks, and helping families to stay connected, and will be providing cash assistance, so that families can purchase what they need locally.

UK for UNHCR is the UN Refugee Agency's (UNHCR) partner charity, supporting refugees. UNHCR is registering internally displaced people in Ukraine and those who cross borders into neighbouring countries.  It is running transit centres, providing safe spaces to rest, distributing emergency supply kits, providing small cash grants to families, and providing shelter materials to reinforce damaged houses.

Deputy Peter Ferbrache, President of the Policy & Resources Committee said

"There are many organisations working very hard to provide humanitarian support to the people affected by the crisis in Ukraine and clearly the need is enormous.  There are many that would put this donation to good use, but there's no doubt that by donating to the two we have chosen it will be put to where it is needed on the ground."

 

If Islanders wish to make their own donations, the Bailiff's Disaster Relief Fund provides an easy way to donate. This can be done in several ways:

• By bank transfer: Bank: NatWest Bank, Guernsey Sort Code 60-09-20, Account Number 74070487

• In person at the bank counter: Any branch of NatWest in the Bailiwick for the account of Bailiff's Disaster Relief Fund Ukraine Appeal, number 74070487

• By post: Cheques may be made payable to Bailiff's Disaster Relief Fund Ukraine Appeal and sent to The Bailiff's Chambers, Royal Court House, St. Peter Port, GY1 2NZ

These donations will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee's Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

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