Distillers’ Charity DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

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I am sure that I speak for all of us. Every day we watch in horror, shock and utter despair at Ukrainian citizens fleeing their homes, the innocent targets of the most brutal, indiscriminate, and unjustifiable war we have witnessed in Europe for 80 years. 

I am equally sure that every Liveryman and woman will feel the need to help the people of Ukraine in whichever way we can.

Even in the short time that has elapsed since I last communicated with you the world has changed. Every day, the need to help the 2 million (to date) Ukrainian refugees increases, as they flee their homes in search of safety. Their lives and livelihoods are destroyed, physically damaged, and emotionally traumatised by the effects of their experiences in just two short weeks. It is difficult to comprehend such an impact as we watch this human tragedy unfolding. We want to help, and we must help.

It is for this reason, this emergency, that I write to plead to you to donate to The Distillers’ Charity DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. DEC charities, which our funds will support, are the UK’s 14 leading humanitarian organisations, their local partners in Ukraine, as well as across the border in neighbouring countries. They are working to meet the immediate needs of people fleeing with food, water, health assistance, protection, and trauma care.

To make our monies go further, the funds that we raise will be pledged via the Big Give. This will enable our contributions to be matched £1 for £1 by public donations, with 100% of the proceeds going to the DEC Ukraine Appeal. To kick start the campaign Distillers’ Charity has made an immediate £10,000 contribution.

You can join in by visiting The Distillers’ Charity DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal to donate.

I know that Distillers’ will rise to this call for action, and on a wider scale, as a Livery community and as a nation, that we will deliver this support that is so badly needed.

Thank you so much for your engagement and with my very best wishes,

Chris Porter