Relaunching our Ukraine Appeal with an online lecture on 4 March

As the world looks back on two years since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, The BEARR Trust marks the second anniversary of our Emergency Appeal for Ukraine which we launched on 27 February 2022. We are enormously grateful to all who have donated to it, as are those who have received the funds and used them to help people suffering the awful consequences of war.

Since the start of the Ukraine Appeal, 225 grants have been paid to civil society organisations (CSOs) in Ukraine and Moldova from the main Appeal, as well as eight grants through the Small Grants Scheme in 2023 for strengthening the resilience and welfare of staff and volunteers in these organisations. We have raised £550,000 and have spent 94% of income received. As we have previously reported, the funds we send to CSOs not only support humanitarian relief in the form of food, clothing, bedding and so on, but also therapeutic activity to support mental wellbeing and recovery among, in particular, displaced people.

The Appeal is still going strong, however the initial peak in donations has flattened out, while needs among those affected by war have not. So we are relaunching the Appeal and renewing our commitment to providing crucial support to affected communities. We very much hope that our loyal and generous supporters and their friends and contacts will help us by donating.

If you are able to, please make a donation here!

We hosted an online lecture by Dr Olesya Khromeychuk titled “Loss, Defiance, and the Fight for Justice” on March 4th at 18:30 GMT. The event began with a short update from our Chairman Nicola Ramsden on the achievements of our Appeal so far followed by Olesya’s talk and Q&A.

The stories of three Ukrainian women told by Olesya in the lecture were published in NATO Review. You can read the piece here.

Dr Olesya Khromeychuk is the Director of the Ukrainian Institute London. She is a historian and writer. She has taught the history of East-Central Europe at several British universities, and has written for The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Prospect and The New Statesman. She is the author of The Death of a Soldier Told by His Sister (2022).

BEARR’s lectures are open to all and free to attend. However, we invited our guests to donate to our cause as a gesture of support. Any donations raised in connection to this event will go to the Emergency Appeal for Ukraine. We suggested a donation of £20 per person, £10 for full-time students and jobseekers, or more if you are able.

If you wish to donate, please make your donation via our CAF Donate page and please add Gift Aid if you are eligible for it.

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