DEC's Ukraine appeal awarded world record

The £62m raised in the first week of the fundraiser has been recognised by Guinness World Records

Ukrainian refugees at the Polish border (Photograph: Anthony Upton/DEC)
Ukrainian refugees at the Polish border (Photograph: Anthony Upton/DEC)

The Disasters Emergency Committee’s appeal to raise funds for people affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been recognised as a record-breaker.

The almost £62m raised by the appeal from its launch on 3 March has been confirmed by Guinness World Records as the highest amount given to an online campaign in a single week.

The total raised by the appeal passed £300m last month.

It is the second-largest appeal in the DEC’s history, with only the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami Appeal, which raised £392m, generating a higher level of donations.

The 2004 appeal also claimed the world record for the highest amount donated online via a website after it generated donations totalling £10.7m in 24 hours.

The DEC is a collaboration of 15 international aid charities, including ActionAid UK, Oxfam GB and Cafod.

Simon Beresford, director of fundraising and marketing at the DEC, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the incredible generosity and outpouring of support from the UK public to the people of Ukraine.

“It has been heart-warming to see the inspiring fundraising efforts which are ongoing, with donations flooding in from individuals, companies, schools and arts organisations across the UK.

“We are of course proud and delighted to have taken a part in setting a new world record. However, most importantly, what this means is that with the help of the generous UK public DEC charities and their local partners can scale up to respond to help the people of Ukraine.

“They are working to meet both the immediate and long-term needs of people affected for the months and years to come.”


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