Now our campaign gets a boost with Mail Force charity as appeal total hits £2.5m


Now our campaign gets a boost with Mail Force charity as appeal total hits £2.5m… and we send first £500,000 to help those on front line in Ukraine 

  • Daily Mail readers have raised an astonishing £2.55million for Ukrainian refugees
  • The funds will help provide shelter, food and clothing to those fleeing bloodshed
  • Best-selling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford has offered a stunning £20,000


The appeal to help Ukrainian refugees was given a huge boost tonight by the Mail Force charity.

Readers who want to use Gift Aid can now boost their donations by 25p for every £1 they give.

Mail Force is a registered charity that was initially set up by the Daily Mail during the pandemic to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to brave NHS workers. 

Now it is turning its help to a different front line – the one Ukrainian families are fleeing.

A woman carries a child after fleeing from Russia's invasion of Ukraine, at the border crossing in Siret, Romania

A woman carries a child after fleeing from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, at the border crossing in Siret, Romania

A woman is consoled by a volunteer after fleeing from Russia's invasion of Ukraine, at the border crossing in Siret

A woman is consoled by a volunteer after fleeing from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, at the border crossing in Siret

The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday UKRAINE REFUGEE APPEAL

Readers of Mail Newspapers have always shown immense generosity at times of crisis.

Calling upon that human spirit, we are now launching an appeal to raise money for refugees from Ukraine.

For, surely, no one can fail to be moved by the heartbreaking images and stories of families – mostly women, children, the infirm and elderly – fleeing from Russia’s invading armed forces.

As this tally of misery increases over the coming days and months, these innocent victims of a tyrant will require accommodation, schools and medical support.

All donations to the Mail Ukraine Appeal will be distributed to charities and aid organisations providing such essential services.

In the name of charity and compassion, we urge all our readers to give swiftly and generously.

TO MAKE A DONATION ONLINE

Via bank transfer, please use these details:

Account name: Associated Newspapers

Account number: 20769512

Sort code: 50-00-00

TO MAKE A DONATION VIA CHEQUE

Make your cheque payable to ‘Mail Newspapers – Ukraine Appeal’ and post it to: Mail Newspapers Ukraine Appeal, GFM, 42 Phoenix Court, Hawkins Road, Colchester, Essex CO2 8JY

TO MAKE A DONATION FROM THE US

US readers can donate to the appeal via a bank transfer to Associated Newspapers or by sending checks to dailymail.com HQ at 51 Astor Place (9th floor), New York, NY 10003

So far, an astonishing £2.55million has been raised in just four days to help provide shelter, food and clothing to desperate refugees escaping Vladimir Putin’s bombs and bullets.

Today, best-selling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford offered a stunning £20,000 donation – and issued a heart-rending warning from history.

The 88-year-old author, whose books have sold more than 92million copies worldwide, said: ‘I am very proud to be an Englishwoman, born and bred in a country I consider to be unique, where freedom, free speech, justice and compassion reign supreme.

‘My heart goes out to the heroic and brave Ukrainians who are battling Vladimir Putin, a monstrous tyrant. 

‘My late husband Bob Bradford, born into a Jewish family, was taken out of Berlin as a child to escape the horrors of Hitler’s Third Reich. 

‘He often remarked that we should always believe tyrants, because they were actually telling us what they were going to do.

‘Putin proves Bob’s point. He won’t stop unless we defeat him. I am making a contribution to the Daily Mail’s fund to help Ukrainian refugees. Please join me, even if you can only give a small amount. Freedom has no price.’

Readers of the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and MailOnline have responded in their droves to the urgent request for aid.

The vast majority of those crossing the borders are women, clutching all the belongings they can carry, and their children. 

Ukrainian men have to stay behind and fight the Red Army.

Every penny of the appeal money now being collected by the Mail Force charity is being passed to aid organisations already operating inside Ukraine and on the borders with Poland, Romania and Hungary where more than half a million people have so far crossed to safety.

In 2020, Mail Force helped procure 42million items of life-saving personal protective equipment for frontline health and care staff.

Then last year, when it became clear that one in five under- privileged children were missing out on home-schooling during lockdown due to a lack of essential computer kit, it provided more than 26,000 laptops.

The appeal for Ukrainian refugees has become the fastest newspaper fundraising appeal in world history – and it has been backed by celebrities and leading politicians. At the request of Lord and Lady Rothermere, the Mail’s parent company DMGT has donated £500,000.

Readers have sent in cheques big and small, and every pound counts. Catherine Lindsay, from Blaydon-on-Tyne, sent £20 with a note saying: ‘Thank you to all at the Mail newspapers. You have done it again, appealing to your readers for a traumatic cause. Thank you.’

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