Post offices accept donations to Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine appeal

Donations to Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine appeal
A message is written on a box of donated goods at a community hub in Hartlepool after a plea went out for donations to help refugees fleeing from Ukraine on March 02, 2022 in Hartlepool, England. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Post Office today announced that anyone who wants to donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) fundraising campaign to help refugees from Ukraine can do so at a branch.

All post offices nationwide are now accepting donations by cash or card, to make it as easy as possible for people to donate. Customers can also post a cheque to the charity.

Every pound donated will be matched by the government up to a total of £20m. The DEC, which is an umbrella group for 15 UK charities, will use the funds to provide food, water and medical assistance to refugees fleeing Ukraine – who currently number over one million.

The Post Office is also supporting the campaign via in-store posters that have been made available to postmasters, and social media.

“I, and so many others, continue to watch the news and the terrible suffering with absolute horror. We’re committed to helping, and that’s why we are accepting donations in all 11,500 Post Offices  to make it as easy as possible for people to support,” Nick Read, chief executive at Post Office, said.

“The DEC’s fundraising efforts are helping to provide much needed food, water, shelter and medical help to people fleeing Ukraine and we encourage everyone to donate what they can to support these efforts, and have made posters available to postmasters to raise awareness of this campaign in their branches.”

The DEC campaign will run for 14 days through to 23:59 Wednesday 16 March, but the appeal will remain open for donations beyond this for at least 6 months.