Last night, ITV televised the much-anticipated Concert For Ukraine where some of the UK’s biggest artists performed to raise money for Ukrainian refugees.
Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello, Anne-Marie and Emeli Sandé are just a few of the names who performed at Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena on Tuesday (March 29th).
Actors Tamsin Greig and Eddie Marsan also read the emotional stories of two Ukrainian refugees and singer Jamala, who fled Kyiv with her children at the start of the war, sang her Eurovision track 1944.
It was certainly a night to remember, but how much money did the concert raise for Ukraine? And where is the money going? Read on to find out…
How much did the concert raise?
As reported by the BBC, the Concert For Ukraine raised a staggering £12.2m so far.
ITV has also confirmed that the concert has raised over £12 million as of March 30th.
Most of this was raised from public donations as well as an estimated $250,000 from ticket sales and $3m from advertising revenue.
The grand total was announced at the end of the concert but is expected to continue rising as it’s not too late to donate.
Where is the money going?
The concert was raising money for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
It is helping the millions of families who have been forced to leave their homes and lives in Ukraine.
The appeal helps provide them food, water, healthcare, shelter and protection.
According to the DEC, at least three million people have fled their homes to escape the conflict in Ukraine.
These people have left behind their jobs, loved ones and belongings and are relying on help from the public.
How to donate
Even though the concert is over, you can still donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
The easiest way to donate is online here. You can choose the amount you want to give and pay using Apple Pay, card or PayPal.
Alternatively, you can donate by calling 0370 60 60 900 or texting 70150. However, this may incur extra costs.
To donate £10, text ‘CRISIS’ to 70150. Texts will cost £10 plus the standard network charge and you must be 16 or over to donate.
If you want to donate by post, you can also send a cheque to DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, PO Box 999, London EC3A 3AA.
What your money will provide
As stated by the Disasters Emergency Committee, donating £30 can provide essential hugging supplies to three people for one month.
£50 could provide enough blankets for four families or £100 can provide enough emergency food for two families for one month.
Donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal online here.