MSP calls for people to support DEC Ukraine appeal

Thursday March 3rd 2022


Written by Midlothian View Editor, Phil Bowen

Local MSP Christine Grahame has encouraged anyone who is in a position to do so to support the humanitarian effort in Ukraine.

Details of what you can do to support are available at www.ready.scot/humanitarian, however broadly speaking the most useful contribution at the moment is cash donations to reputable, established funds such as the British Red Cross’ Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal (see www.dec.org.uk)

The Scottish Government has pledged an initial £4 million of financial aid and medical supplies to Ukraine and is in ongoing discussions with humanitarian partners to identify the best route to get Scottish aid most quickly to those in desperate need.

Ms Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale, said:

“I have seen already an outpouring of offers of support locally and I know the will is there to do everything we can to support Ukraine and its people.

“Watching the news and the horrors of what’s happening in Ukraine at the hands of Putin’s barbaric regime is horrific, it’s entirely understandable that we then look to see what we can do to help.

“I appreciate there’s been many drives for donations of supplies and they are absolutely appreciated, but it’s important to ensure what’s donated is what’s actually needed and that it has a safe passage to the area, otherwise dealing with surplus items can draw volunteers away from working on activities which are most helpful to those in need.

“For most of us the single most useful thing we can do now is, if we’re in a position to do so, to make a donation to one of the reputable campaigns providing humanitarian aid. I’d encourage everyone who wants to help and is able to to donate what they can manage – even if it’s a small amount it will add up.”

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