The British public has helped raise more than £100m to support those affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, latest figures show.
The amount was raised in four days following the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, which was launched on 3 March. This is equivalent to more than £1m an hour, the DEC said.
It said that £55m was raised on the first day in an “astonishing show of support” from the public as well as the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge.
The £100m includes £25m from the UK government as part of its UK Aid Match scheme.
The charity said the figure was the largest given by the government to a DEC appeal through the scheme to date.
The DEC said its 15 member charities, which include ActionAid UK, the British Red Cross and Care International UK, were using the funds in Ukraine and neighbouring countries to provide food, water, shelter and medical assistance.
At the time of writing, the charity estimated that 1.5 million Ukrainians had fled their homes to avoid the conflict.
Jo Kitterick, head of supporter engagement at Cafod, said: “This amazing show of support for people fleeing the conflict has meant that we have been able to start spending money straight away to help more people.
“Through our international partner Caritas we are working inside Ukraine and on its borders, setting up safe centres with beds, food and washing facilities. We’re also providing transport, information, psychological support and child-friendly spaces.
“The conflict shows no sign of letting up and our local experts are seeing more and more people having to flee their homes to keep themselves safe. We’re expecting the numbers crossing the border to keep increasing in the coming days. I want to thank everyone who has donated to help us support them in their moment of greatest need.”