Royal couple back the work of UK charities in Ukraine

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have met charity workers as donations to the Ukraine humanitarian appeal now exceed £300m.

By Billy Kennedy
Saturday, 30th April 2022, 7:50 am
Updated Saturday, 30th April 2022, 8:35 am
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Prince William and his wife Catherine visited the UK Disaster Emergency Committee’s London headquarters, meeting staff who had recently been in Ukraine. The Royal couple also gained an insight into life on the ground in Ukraine, chatting to a Christian Aid partner there via video link about how aid reaches those in need.

The main churches in Northern Ireland have been raising substantial sums of money at congregation and parish levels, since the Ukrainian war began in February with the money directed straight to the Christian Aid and Tearfund charities. The Presbyterian Church has also set up contact with the hUngarian Reformed Church, which looks after the needs of refugees who cross their border from Ukraine.

The UK Disaster Emergency Committee in Committee is made up of 15 leading UK aid charities which respond at times of international crisis overseas to raise funds quickly and efficiently.

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Vanessa Maynard, operations officer for Christian Aid, told the Duke and Duchess how local partners are helping, including providing baby incubators to a hospital in western Ukraine.

She said: “We’re helping integrate refugees by supporting them with group cash so they can decide for themselves what they most need, like paying rent for lodgings in host communities. We’re also providing them with hot meals, temporary rest in community centres, safe spaces for children to receive trauma care, and information on their rights when they arrive in host countries.”