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‘Cook for Ukraine’ & Other Ways Londoners Can Support People in Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is tragic and devastating. Here’s a list of initiatives, charities and organisations you can donate to, to help the Ukrainian people in their time of need…

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Donate stuff at Pizarro; If you’ve got emergency supplies you can donate to help displaced Ukrainians, José Pizarro has turned  his Bermondsey Street Spanish restaurant into a drop off point for things like food, baby food, canned goods and medicine supplies such as antiseptic liquid and wound dressings. For a more exhaustive list of wanted stuff, as requested by the Ukrainian family of a regular Pizarro diner, visit the website. Donated will be collected each Sunday by volunteers drivers.

Cook for Ukraine; #CookForUkraine so far has raised more than £50k for Unicef UK, through supper clubs, bake sales and fundraising events, and there are more to come. Created by the same foodie community that founded #CookForSyria with Russian and Ukrainian London-based chefs Alissa Timoshkina and Olia Hercules at the helm, the project invites you to support a fundraising event or host your own. The list of London hospitality backing the project is mega – Yard Sale Pizza has a free pizza for a year raffle (drawn March 4), Carousel and the Drunken Butler will host fundraising feasts, and many more will donate an amount from every bill or from a special fundraising dish. Search the hashtag on your social for more people and businesses supporting the initiative.

Nova Ukraine; A US-based not-for-profit providing humanitarian aide to vulnerable groups in Ukraine, and facilitating educational opportunities, and medical support to ex-soldiers. One of the organisation’s current projects is supplying  humanitarian aide to victim’s of Russia’s war, which you can donate to here.

Help Ukraine Emergency Appeal; A GoFundMe appeal by the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB), raising funds for supplies including woollen blankets, food and hygiene packs, medicine packs, as well as contributing towards crisis counselling and support services. Donate here.

People in Need; A Czech-based independent ot-for-profit, providing humanitarian support to people effected by war and natural disasters. The organisation has been provided help to the Ukraine since 2014 when Russia invaded Crimea. Donate to the SOS Ukraine fund here.

The Red Cross; The British Red Cross’ Ukraine Crisis Appeal is collecting funds that will go towards food and water, first aid, medicine, clothing and shelter. Donate here.

International Medical Corps; Since the annexation of Crimea, IMC has been providing relief to effected people by providing access to medical services including mental health services. The not-for-profit is now extending their medical and mental health relief in light of Russia’s invasion. Donate here.

CARE International; teaming up with People in Need, CARE is collecting funds to go towards emergency shelter, food, water, hygiene kits, money and wellbeing support. Donate here.

UNICEF Ukraine; Already working to provide for children affected by the annexation of Crimea, UNICEF is providing families with clean water and food, ensuring child health and protection services are sustained, and working with partner organisations and charities to support the refugee situation in neighbouring countries. Donate here.

The Kyiv Independent; As the name suggests, Kyiv Independent is an English language newspaper free from government or owner agendas. You can subscribe to the paper, or donate to its ongoing GoFundMe appeal here.

Sunflower of Peace; An independent fundraiser that provides backpacks for paramedics and doctors on the front line – each with the ability to save up to 10 lives – soldiers, civilians, volunteers and children. The first aid inside the backpacks is designed for combat, and enable the solider or person with the bag to act as a medic on the spot. Donate here.

Save the Children; Supporting families by distributing aid as well as delivering families winter kits and cash grants for housing and medicine. The charity also provides inclusive education and works on an on-going basis with children to help them overcome the trauma of war. Donate here.

 

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